“THEY GOT IT RIGHT, EXCEPT FOR…”

Blog: Max Dawson
February 29, 2016

I did not watch the Oscars last night. I don’t know who won. I don’t even know who was nominated for most of the awards. (Was Star Wars in it for any awards? I might have watched if that was the case.) At this point in my life I give less and less attention to Hollywood.
However, the movie industry does sometimes produce a product that I am interested in. (Witness–Star Wars above.) And also from time to time they might produce a movie that has a Bible-related theme. I am glad when they do that, particularly when they stick with the Bible story and don’t butcher it with a bunch of unbiblical subplots.
Mary, Mother of Jesus was on the Pixl channel this week. I caught part of the movie the other night. To my surprise, almost all the dialogue was lifted from the gospels–though it was not always placed in the proper context. The movie was reasonably well done. Mary was played by Pernilla August. Jesus was portrayed by Christian Bale (Batman Begins). I just looked the movie up on IMDB and found that it was made in 1999. That’s about par for me–watching a movie 17 years late.
It’s fair to say that they got most of the movie right (at least the parts I saw). However, they missed it badly when it came to baptism. John the Baptist is portrayed standing in the water. The water appears to be deep enough to baptize a person properly. But when Jesus walks into the water to be baptized, John reaches down and scoops some water in his hands and dumps it on the head of Jesus. The same thing happened when Mary came to be baptized.
How does a movie stay so close to the Bible in so many ways, and then miss something like this so badly? Do incorrect presentations like this confuse people, or maybe lead them astray? Think about it.
I trust that you know that water baptism in the Bible is immersion. If you don’t know that, take a look at the Scriptures below.

THE FINAL WORD

Water baptism in the Bible involves the process of immersion–submergence and emergence from the water. The meaning of the word itself is to immerse. But you don’t have to know Greek to know that. Just look at Bible texts on baptism.
shows that Jesus came up out of the water. Why? He was immersed.
shows the eunuch going down into the water to be baptized, and then coming up out of the water after he was baptized. Why? Philip immersed the man.
If we don’t understand that it is immersion in these cases, look at these:
says “we were buried with Him through baptism.” Buried. That’s what it says. Dumping a little water on someone’s head is not a burial.
is similar, “buried with Him in baptism.” As with , it also says “you also were raised with Him.” Water baptism involves a burial in water, followed by a raising from the water. Baptism vividly portrays the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Water baptism in the Bible was immersion. It was always immersion. It was only immersion. It was never sprinkling or pouring a little water on someone’s head.

–Max


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