Tag: Sonrise

"Woo!" Amanda squeeled as her feet hit the bone-chiling water.

Lee laughed as he came in behind her, "Woohoo! This *is* cold!"

Amanda looked over her shoulder and waited for her husband to come
up by her side. They were both wearing white linen robes. Lee grabbed
his wife's hand as they waded through the flowing water of the River Jordan
and made their way toward the awaiting pastor.

The pastor nodded a greeting to the couple before he asked them, "Lee
and Amanda, have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?"

They said "Yes" in unity.

Two deacons came up alongside Lee and Amanda to assist the pastor in their
baptism ceremony. Harry, Christina, and Aaron waved as they watched from
the shore.

As the deacons immersed Lee and Amanda, the crowd gathered heard the pastor
say, "We are buried with Him by baptism into death, knowing that our old man
is crucified with Him that the body of sin might be destroyed. If we have
been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall also in the
likeness of His resurrection."

Lee and Amanda both emerged from the water, smiling, as the pastor continued,
"Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath
no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but
in that He liveth, He liveth unto God."

The pastor's peircing eyes peered into the faces of the couple before him as
he charged them, "Likewise, Lee and Amanda, reckon yourself to be dead indeed
unto sin, but *alive* unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Happy Easter."

Lee and Amanda broke out into bittersweet praise. They rejoiced in their
new found faith but mourned the events of the past week in Israel. They
knew Jerusalem would never have true peace until her King returned.

the end

Happy Resurrection Day!