“In” or “Close” ?

Church of Christ Sermon OutlinesOne Sunday a minister was giving a sermon on baptism and in the course of the sermon tried to show that baptism should take place by sprinkling and not by immersion. He tried to justify it this way:

He said that when John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan, it didn’t really mean “in” the river – it meant close to, or nearby. And that when Philip baptized the eunuch in the river, it didn’t mean “in” – it meant close to, or nearby.

After the service, a man came up to the minister and told him that it was a great sermon, and that it had cleared up a lot of mysteries he had encountered in the Bible. “For instance,” he said “the story about Jonah getting swallowed by the fish has always bothered me. But now I know that Jonah wasn’t really “in” the fish – just close to it, or nearby, swimming in the water.

And that story about the three Hebrew boys who were thrown into the fiery furnace and not being burned up. Now I see that they weren’t really “in” the furnace, just close to or nearby, just keeping warm. And especially the story of Daniel getting thrown into the lion’s den has bothered me.

Now I see that he wasn’t really “in” the lion’s den, just close to or nearby, like being at the zoo. This has been a real comfort to me because I am a wicked, sinful man, but now I see that I won’t really be “in” hell – just close to or nearby . So thanks for the sermon, and next Sunday I won’t be in church – just close to or nearby – because you have put my mind at ease.

This mind provoking devotional provided by: The Arlington Church of Christ in Cincinnati, OH



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