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Baptism and the last Passover of Jesus Christ


February 9, 2008  update

Bruce Kettler

WATER                        BOTH WATER AND SPIRIT                    SPIRIT

Mark 1: 5                                                                                                Acts 2:38 "...repent and be baptised in the name of Jesus
                                                                                                                   Christ for the remission of sins."
"...of him in the river
of Jordan."                    Mark 1:8 I water...
                                       He with Holy Ghost
                                       (both Baptisms, same Greek word)

Baptism by water plays no part in whether a person is redeemed by the blood of the lamb of God, Jesus Christ -- no more
than participation with the last passover of Jesus Christ.  Baptism, or no baptism, by water has anything to do with where
the Christian spends eternity.

It is a command of Jesus Christ, and his apostle Peter, that those redeemed by the blood, those who are converted, should
be baptised with water.  This writing does, in no way, say that one should disobey that command, or that commandments
of Christ are unimportant.

The statements of Christ should be read, again and again.  One should obey what he says.  Obedience of the word
is extremely important, as well as following the leading of the Holy Spirit.  In heaven, we Christians are there
for eternity.  Our life on earth is very short, by comparison.  It is important that we obey Christ, now.  How
heaven is for us, or life on earth during the millenium, will depend upon our daily walk with Christ.

Jesus was without sin, yet baptised, so certainly not for the remission of His own sin, because He had no sin.

Matt. 3:16 Jesus Baptised                 Heb. 4:15 "...without sin."

Whenever Jesus told people their sins were forgiven, he never told them to be immediately baptised in water.

Some say the new covenant started at pentecost, when baptism was supposedly commanded for redemption.  No, we are not redeemed by
anything like water baptism

Luke 7:47: Her sins, which are many, are forgiven.

vs 48 "thy sins are forgiven      Strongs Greek:     863 "forgiven"
                                                                                      859 "remission" as in Acts 2:38 above

"Thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace."   That was all there was to it, no baptism, just faith.  If baptism was required, Jesus would not have said she was saved.

Still, everyone who truly knows Jesus, who is "born again," should get baptised in water, that is immersed in water.  That is obedience to our Savior Jesus.  It should be done at the earliest opportunity.  Even if you have been baptised, if you were not saved, or not properly baptised, get properly baptised by a born-again faithful servant of Christ.

Last Passover of Jesus Christ
Luke 22:1
"Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover."

Okay, what is unleavened bread?   Well, it's just bread that is not leavened.  So, how do we get unleavened bread?  We go to a grocery store, and buy the most simple, unmodified "Matzos" we can find.  I mean, no egg Matzos, okay?  If you cannot find a store nearby, go to Amazon online.  I know, they sell books.  That doesn't mean they don't sell Matzos also.  Try it!  It's about $3  a box, last I checked.

As for wine, well grape juice, non alcoholic, will do.  If you want wine, get something like a red wine, like port or something like that.  Don't go for something too far from what the Israelites drank at passover.  You won't have it exactly the same anyway, but at least try for something close.

There you go, but don't dare go do this unworthily.  Don't, or it could be very difficult for you. The scriptures warn against that.  If you are not sure what I'm talking about, remember this page is only a preliminary, and just don't engage in this until you are sure you know what you are doing.   I'm going to add to the page later.  Look up references in your concordance to learn more, for now.

Luke 22:15

Jesus said:

With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

vs 16: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.

vs 17: And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said: Take this, and divide it among yourselves.

vs18: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God shall come."

vs19: And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

vs20: Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Some people do this in remembrance once a year, others once a week.  Certainly, we should do it at the Passover, and I believe also about once a week.  The passover is obseved, according to scripture, according to the moon's indications.  I will be more specific in a future revision of this page.

As for the once a week, or once a year, argument.  I believe we should commune with Christ every day, all day long, through the Holy Spirit.  How often would you do something in "rememberance" of our saviour?  I do not believe in waiting a year.  I say about once a week, but not necessarily only on the Sabbath.