101 Devotionals for Boys from the Lives of Great Christians and 101 Devotionals for Girls from the Lives of Great Christians will both be published in 2017. We’re publishing one or two devotionals a week to give you a taste of what you’ll get in those two gift books. This one is based on a story from Return of the White Book: True Stories of God at Work in Southeast Asia (Hidden Heroes #4).
Early in the morning, five men went together to the river. It was time for Thabew to be baptized, the very first Karen Christian.
When missionary George Boardman lowered Thabew into the water, he said, “I baptize you, my brother, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. You are buried with Him in the likeness of His death. You are raised with Him in the likeness of His resurrection.”
The three Karen men watching were excited to hear George call Thabew “brother,” because their old legends said that the lost white book would return with the pale younger brother from the West.
But they didn’t understand the symbolism of baptism. Eventually George was able to explain that when Jesus Christ died, we died with Him. When He rose again, we rose with Him, to walk in a new life.
It’s a mysterious symbol, and a beautiful one.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” ~Romans 6:4
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your death and resurrection! Thank You that when You died, all those who believe in You died too, and when You rose again, we rose again in You. Help me to understand what it means to walk in newness of life.