Tim Sees Jesus
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Our son, Timothy, had a most wonderful testimony given to him when he was just a young boy. Here is his story in his own words.
I have always been interested in science and technological wonders. I can recall when I was in the first grade, one subject we studied was the creation of the Universe. It intrigued me so much that I just couldnt wait to get home and tell Mom all about Evolution. Once I had told her only part of my new-found-knowledge, she told me that evolution is only mans theory as to the Creation--that the truth can be found in the first of the Bible, Genesis. She also told me of her many experiencesseeing and talking with Christ, and that Dad had seen Him too.
Why is it, I wondered, that they have seen Christ and I havent? It was at that time my mind recalled a vision I had had a year before, but had since then been stored for later use.
The Vision: As it opened, I was sitting about midway back in the sanctuary next to my paternal grandparents. On this Sunday, I was to witness my first baptism. The curtains covering the baptismal font opened, but rather than seeing a priesthood man with a child, I saw Jesus. He was standing in the water-filled font. To show the correct way to baptize, He laid Himself completely under the water, and came back out again. The curtains then closed without anyone pulling the cords as usual, and then opened again. When they opened, He was gone.
I believe this marvelous testimony was given to me at this point in time because I was approaching the age of accountabilityeight years old,1 but mainly I believe it was to show me the correct procedure for baptismimmersion.2 I was so anxious to follow Christ, after recalling the vision, that I was baptized on the Sunday following my eighth birthday.
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1. Age of Accountability: see Blessing of Babies - Original Sin Forgiven
2. Baptism by Immersion
Jesus was immersed. (Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:4) (HSIV-- Mark 1:8, KJ Mark 1:10)
Baptism of an infant was not a practice in Christs New Testament Church. Martin Luther, of unquestioned education in church doctrine and history, frankly admitted; It cannot be proved by the sacred Scriptures that infant baptism was instituted by Christ, or begun by the first Christians after the Apostles. Vanity of Infant Baptism, Part 2, pg. 8
It was not until the legislature in a Council at Raveina, in the year 1311, declared immersion and pouring indifferent. Robinsons History of Baptism, Ch. 33. Isaiah warned men about changing the ordinance. (Isa. 24:5)