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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

For starters in the first month of January I would be dwelling on the theme of the "Christian Journey", with the material being arranged in a Book-like format under which the pages would be opened ( i,e..displayed on-line) on each succeeding day.

So here's wishing you a happy & an edifying read....

Suresh Manoharan




January 4th

Baptism



I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. - I Cor 10:1-2
 
  As we continue to dwell on the similarities between the Grand journey of Exodus & that of the Christians in the New Testament era, even on the subject of ‘Sacraments’ a similarity would emerge.

  What is a ‘Sacrament’? A symbolic oath or a pledge. The Bible declares in I Cor 10:1-2 that the passage of the emancipated Jews through the miraculously parted waters of Red Sea was nothing short of a ‘Baptism service’, symbolizing their commitment to follow Moses as their leader & mind you, it took place in the early phase of their Grand journey’. Well, as Christians, we have a Divine ordinance by virtue of the personal example of Jesus (Matt 3:13-15) to be baptized at the very beginning of our Christian journey as our commitment to follow our Triune God.
 
  Oh yes, if the Baptism of Jesus was one of immersion (not the ‘sprinkling type’), who are we advocate any other type of Baptism, other than the one approved by our Lord himself?
 
  Let’s never put-off this sacred sacrament to ‘a convenient day’ later, or for that matter settle for any other ‘convenient’ mode of Baptism, other than the one authenticated by the Holy scriptures.
 
  Prayer:

Father, at this moment, I introspect, as to whether I am following in the footsteps of Your Son, with regard to this sacred sacrament instituted by Thee, 2000 years ago. Help me to follow Him in all respects, in this Holy sacrament. Amen
 
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