Today we celebrate and remember the baptism of Jesus Christ. It is a time when we can remember the significance of our own baptisms and recommit to the covenant established with us by God therein. Charles Wesley assists us with that in his hymn for covenant renewal:
“Come, let us use the grace divine, and all with one accord, in a perpetual covenant join ourselves to Christ the Lord; give up ourselves thru Jesus’ power, his name to glorify; and promise, in this sacred hour, for God to live and die.
“The covenant we this moment make be ever kept in mind; we will no more our God forsake, or cast these words behind. We never will throw off the fear of God who hears our vow; and if thou art well please to hear, come down and meet us now.
“Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, let all our hearts receive, present with thy celestial host the peaceful answer give; to each covenant the blood apply which takes our sins away, and register our names on high and keep us to that day!”
(Charles Wesley, “Come, Let us Use the Grace Divine”)
We can also meditate on these Scripture passages:
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”
– Romans 6:3-5
“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.”
– Galatians 3:26-29
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come!”
– 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
[See also: Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition at this link.]