Today my kids and I used YouTube as a worship leader for devotions. We looked up Amazing Grace, and then we went from one music video to the next, picking songs we knew and singing along.
One of the songs we listened to was "Who Am I" by Casting Crowns. I’m embedding it so you can listen to it while you read if you want. Great song.
For some reason, the middle verse made me think of baptism, and I want to pass on the picture I saw and what I explained to my children.
Who am I
That the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again?
What is baptism but a burial, dying to ourselves and our old life of sin, and rising again to a new life in Christ? (Col. 2:12).
This passage is a perfect picture of baptism. Baptism is tied to the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16), and when else does God look on us with love and watch us rise again except at our baptism, where we were buried with Christ, then raised to a new life? I don’t know whether Casting Crowns had baptism in mind when they wrote that line, but it’s a great picture.
The next set of lines is just as good …
Who am I
That the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?
I told my children that the burial and resurrection that happens in baptism is a matter of faith. We don’t necessarily feel anything, but in baptism we act out our faith in Christ, giving up our old life and rising to live by the Spirit of Christ. That’s probably exciting, and we feel the excitement, but we can’t feel the burial and resurrection.
What we can feel, however, is the peace that comes when the voice that calmed the sea calls out to calm the storm in us.
Many of us are caught in the storm of our own past. It is a storm that pours darkness on our hearts and into our lives. When the voice of Christ comes, that darkness disappears, and we know that everything is under his control. Peace reigns, and the light of God shines into our hearts.
This song was such a great picture of baptism for us today that I had to share it.