Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalms 139:1-3,13-15; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66,80
In the later years of the Roman Empire, a number of pagans were being baptized by immersion, in a river. They had expressed a desire to be Christians, but they had a problem: the men in the group had been trained as warriors and they wanted to be ready to move into action at a moment’s notice. So they agreed to be baptized but only if they could raise their right arms out of the water with their swords in hand. It must have been a strange sight to see all of those men being baptized under water, and all those arms and swords sticking out above the water.
Later, a famous essay was written about this event. It was entitled, “Baptize That Right Arm!”
That is good advice — for all of us – because we’re all sinners, which means, of course, that there always is some portion of our lives that is not yet fully attached to Christ — a “right…
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