This week we begin a new sermon series on the life of Joseph. Joseph's story holds a central place in the pages of Scripture. It provides a narrative link between the origin of God's people Israel in the person of Abraham and God's liberation of that same people from slavery in Egypt many generations later. Joseph is also a pre-cursor to Christ. In his story, we can see reflections and shadows of what God would do in and through Jesus Christ. Joseph’s story is filled with jealousy, betrayal & temptation. It is also filled with salvation, as well as, the faithfulness, provision & promises of God. It’s filled with forgiveness & love. It's appropriate for us to begin telling Joseph's story today, on Easter Sunday, because in Joseph, we see the Gospel - we see both Good Friday & Easter.
We're also celebrating the act of baptism today with three of our own! Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. When we are baptized, we act in obedience to Christ's command and publicly announce our identity in Him. It shows that we have been adopted into God's family and are participants in the Body of Christ, the church. As we are lowered into the water, we are symbolically united with Christ's death on the cross for the sin of the world; as we are raised out of the water, we are symbolically united with Christ's resurrection from the dead so that we can walk in newness of life. Baptism is the best way to celebrate Easter!