Passport Baptism   1 comment

submitted: Catherine Buchan

This talk can be used to explain about baptism, or to talk about John the Baptist.
Show a Passport.  When do we use them?  We use them when we are crossing from one country to another.  If you have interesting visas, you could let the children see them – or laugh at your picture.
You may want to tell something of the history of passports – if the children aren’t too young.
History – Nehemiah’s letter of passage from King Xerxes is the oldest recorded – In the Middle Ages they were letters saying which cities (gates=ports) a person might travel through – not sea ports which were open to all.  Fell out of use in 19th century.  After WWI, because of fear of spies, they became more common again.
     When God s people passed from one country to another they went through the river.  Tell story of crossing into the Promised Land, where they could start a new life as God s people.
     When John the Baptist came to tell people that Jesus was coming he took them to the river as well.  He baptised them (explain).  They were saying that they wanted to start again with God, and live his new life.
     Jesus came to give us new life.  If we have been baptised it is as if we have been given a passport, which allows us to pass from living for ourselves to living for God.

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Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in Advent, Baptism

One response to “Passport Baptism

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  1. Very good illustration for baptism, although for young children, it helps to pare it down some. Still, a great idea.

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