Time for Grace-January 10, 2024

Time for Grace-January 10, 2024

Romans 6:4

We were therefore buried with him by this baptism into his death, so that just as he was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too would also walk in a new life.

Dear Lord Jesus,

A chain is a mighty tool we use to do many different things, from tying up a dog to pulling out a stump. Each link gives the chain its strength and its flexibility. As the saying goes, you are only as strong as the weakest link. When we are linked to You, our sin might weaken the link, but You make the link strong. We can always reject Your love and mercy, but we pray that we will hold to and remember our baptisms.

Our baptisms have such an extraordinary purpose because they link us to You. As Paul wrote—by inspiration of the Holy Spirit—for all baptized into You are baptized into Your death. Your death defeated sin, death, and the Devil; all these are now powerless against us because our baptisms link us to You; in the waters of our baptism, sin was washed away, and while we will one day endure this body’s temporal death, because of faith in You, we will not suffer permanent, eternal death that separates us from You. And because we are linked to You, Satan is powerless against us and cannot harm us, so he can destroy this earth and all that is around us. We are still safe in Your arms.

It is glorious to be connected to You so that by faith, we know our sins are forgiven, and we are saved. Please let us share the good news of Your love and forgiveness with those who do not know You. Use us to share the gospel’s message with others so that they will be baptized, faith will begin in them, and they will have eternal life, all for Your name’s sake. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

Through your baptism and by faith, you are linked to Christ. Being linked to Him means He has forgiven, united, and restored you to the Heavenly Father.