Easter Baptisms

This past Easter Holiday, our church and the new church plant connected with it had a joint baptism service on Tuesday.  We went out to a lake and it was very encouraging to see many people being baptized.  Praise God.

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God’s care for His children’s children

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Lord willing, Molly will be baptized this coming weekend.  She is now 8 months old and seems to be able to do new things every day.  She’s crawling around and pulling up to standing on her own now.  As we reflect on Molly and how the Lord has given her to us, it fills our hearts with thanksgiving. 

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
(Psalms 127:3-5)

How strange it is that God would not only forgive us, adopt us and sanctify us, but that He would also reward us.  How far we are from deserving a reward in this age or in the age to come.  But in Jesus Christ, we have become His children, and he rewards his children with good things.  He has given us Molly and Hannah along with every other good thing in our life.  But…it doesn’t even stop with us!  The care and protection and promises of God are not to Paige and I alone.  The promise is to us and to our children too!  John Calvin reflects here on the blessings of infant baptism:

How delightful it is to pious minds, not only to have verbal assurances, but also proof to the eyes, of their standing so high in the favor of their heavenly Father that their children are also the objects of his care!  Here we may see how he acts towards us as a most provident parent, not ceasing to care for us even after our death, but consulting and providing for our children. Ought not our whole heart to be stirred up within us, as David’s was (Psalm 48:11), to bless his name for such a manifestation of goodness?

Calvin, Institutes, IV, 16, 32