Matthew 28: 19-20
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible, and in particular the last sentence, a direct quote from Jesus: "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." We are promised the same as the disciples were promised. When we proclaim Christ as our Savior, we are assured we will be forever with God. Again, baptism represents the public proclamation of one's acceptance of Jesus Christ. When the disciples led someone to know and accept Jesus, baptism was included. In the Methodist church, baptism is often done in infancy, and so (in that case) has a somewhat different meaning. In the end, the most important part is the most important part, and Christ will be with us until the end of the age!
Holy Lord, thank you for your many blessings, which I do not deserve. I am so grateful. Amen