Tempe Baptisms: Celebrating New Life in Christ
Eugene Scott / Feb 6, 2013
Photos by Summer Montoya
Luke Jordan, a volunteer at Redemption Tempe, was recently baptized. Here he shares the story of the significance of this event:
What does baptism mean to me? As a boy I had heard of Jesus, growing up in a family that attended church now and then. Before I was born, my father left my mom and older sister. To this day I still don’t know who he is, what he looks like, or where he lives. I think because I always wanted that approval and close friendship with a father, the next 25 years were very confusing, extreme in action, and heavy on the heart. When I reached middle school and high school, I had made it pretty evident that life was going to be lived my way. Two things in life mattered most, girls and popularity. In college I became even more withdrawn from Him. What began with simple drinking led to heavy promiscuity, hard drug use, fighting, and various forms of drug dealing and trafficking. God brought me down one night, almost to death, after being jumped in a parking lot because I threw a brick through a local bar window. That week, eyes swollen and embarrassed, I decided that eternity was where Jesus had me in mind and asked Jesus to save me from what seemed like a never-ending storm of sadness and escape.
Transition out of that life over the last 2 years has been like relearning life all over again. To be washed in the waters of Jesus brings tears to my eyes just thinking about. What an honor. To be so unworthy, covered in sin and selfishness. Yet because Jesus said, “I will save you, don’t be afraid my son,” I am made pure. But more importantly, eternity has already begun. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “What no eye has see, and no ear has heard, and human heart has imagined, the things that God has in store for those who love Him.” Baptism is the physical meeting of my body to His. My public pledge that I am not ashamed of the beautiful, redemptive story of the gospel and Jesus Christ, the man who laid next to me that one night on December 8th, 2010, and protected me from being beaten to death.