Monday, April 13, 2009

Celebrating Easter: Baptism and the Lord's Supper

It was the perfect way to celebrate Easter Sunday at church. Weeks before yesterday, we had really planned on conducting the two church ordinances together for the first time. The planning turned out perfectly.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper are the two graphic symbols that remind us, as Jesus' followers, about the Savior's death, burial and resurrection. The elements used during Communion, the unleavened bread and wine, represent Jesus' broken body and His shed blood. The baptism by immersion shows perfectly the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It also is parallel to what happens to a believer when he accepts Christ as Lord and Savior as described in 2 Corinthians 5:17. The old life dies to sin, is buried and a new life in Christ begins.

Yesterday was a meaningful, solemn but joyful celebration of Easter as two believers followed the Lord in baptism. This was after a solemn breaking of bread without yeast and drinking juice from the fruit of the vine to remember Jesus' sacrifice through the Lord's Supper.