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Day Twenty Nine

Luke 3:16 (ESV)
John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
 
When Martin Luther reflected on baptism he wrote the following in his Small Catechism: “How can water produce such great effects?Answer: It is not the water that produces these effects, but the Word of God connected with the water, and our faith which relies on the Word of God connected with the water. For without the Word of God the water is merely water and no Baptism. But when connected with the Word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul wrote to Titus (3:5–8), “He saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life. This saying is sure.” In baptism, it is God who baptizes and saves, tying us to the death and resurrection of Christ.
 
In baptism, we experience John 3:16.
 
Questions:
What does baptism mean to you? Where do you get your understanding?
 
What do you think it means to be baptized with fire and the holy Spirit?
 
Activity:
If you were asked to baptize someone, how would you do it? Prepare yourself for such a time.