Monday, March 1, 2021
By Lori Durbin
Passage: Mark 16:16
Some people would teach that you need to be baptized to be saved. But read this verse carefully. Jesus does not say that lack of baptism leads to condemnation, but lack of belief leads to condemnation.
You and I along with every human being on this planet have a huge problem. The problem is called sin. We do things that are wrong. We do things that end up separating us from God. And to get this problem fixed, there is a price to be paid. The price to get sin removed is death. And that’s why Jesus came for us. He paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.
It’s faith that’s essential to salvation. Baptism is important because Jesus commanded us to be baptized. Baptism is important because it is an outward way of showing what God has done for us on the inside. It is a public way of telling others that you follow Jesus. But you are not saved because you were baptized. You are saved because you believed.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.