Baptism Challenge - Day 13

Welcome to Day 13 of the Baptism Challenge! 

 

Here's the scripture in today's video: John 20:17

Each day, I'll be including the Scripture of the day in 3 different versions: ESV, NIV, and KJV. If you have a preferred translations at your church, great. Hopefully it's one of these. It can be helpful to compare various translations to get a feel of the full texture of what the Scripture is saying. 

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  (English Standard Version)

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  (New International Version)

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.  (King James Version)

How to memorize the Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
     and born of the virgin Mary.
     He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died, and was buried;
     he descended to hell.
     The third day he rose again from the dead.
     He ascended to heaven
     and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
     From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy catholic church,
     the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life everlasting. Amen.

Throughout the centuries long history of the church, Christians have recited the Apostle’s Creed at their baptism. The Apostle’s Creed is essentially a summary of what Christians believe. All Christians past and present and from every walk of life affirm the truth statements made in the Apostle’s Creed. It is also a sort of pledge of allegiance for Christians. Read John 20:17.

 

17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

 

Jesus clearly made the claim that God is His Father. The Apostle’s Creed starts with, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” Christians believe that God is our Father. In today’s passage, Jesus told us that God is His Father and our Father. All good fathers listen to their children and care about their concerns. There are several instances in Scripture where Jesus prayed to His Father with the confidence that He heard Him. Since God is both Jesus’ and our Father, this means that just as God listens to Jesus, He listens to us when we pray. Jesus is God’s Son, and we have also become God’s children by His grace. This is why Christianity is not just a religion of rituals. We can have a personal, intimate relationship with God as our Father. 

 

Challenge: Invite a couple more of your friends and acquaintances to your baptism service.