Today’s reading from the prophet Isaiah tells us what baptism does promise during our life on this earth. Isaiah does not mention the Christian sacrament, of course, but he does speak about the experience of passing through the waters, and where God may be trusted to be as we do so: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you” (vv. 1-2). A little later, the prophet supplies the reason why the Lord would promise such a thing: “You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you” (v. 4).
- Isaiah 43:1-7
- Luke 3:15-17