A Baptism That Saves

February 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

1 Peter 3:18-22 is an appropriate text to begin the season of Lent, because it takes us right into Lent’s destination as the reality of Christ’s death and the salvation of Christ’s resurrection.  The symbolism given to us by this text is powerful in drawing us into this reality and salvation.  In drawing on the story of Noah, Peter reminds us that in Christ we are, as Daniel Deffenbaugh puts it, “a new ark rising and falling with the waters of adversity, yet proceeding toward the day of peace when the chaos around them would recede and a new world would be established.”  And the water that marks our baptism serves as an appropriate symbol for what we are experiencing in our everyday lives.  Alluding to the water in the story of Noah, the water of our baptism serves as both an instrument for God’s judgment of the wicked and a means for the redemption of the godly.  This season of Lent is a special time of remembering our baptism so that we can focus on our redemption in Christ despite the waters of chaos through which we have to navigate every single day.

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