In the movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Escaped convicts meet people heading toward a riverbank to be baptized. Overwhelmed by the opportunity for forgiveness, one of the sin-laden convicts runs to the river, cuts in front of several white-gowned individuals, and gets baptized in the water.

The convict tells his friends, “The preacher done washed away all my sins. It’s the straight and narrow from here on out, and heaven everlastin’s my reward … The preacher said all my sins is washed away, including that Piggly Wiggly I knocked over! Come on in boys … the water is fine.”

When Jesus stepped into the waters of the Jordan River, the world changed. The world was no longer simply a place of danger and death. It also became a place of hope and new life because of Jesus’ presence in the water. When the stone was rolled away from the empty tomb, Jesus was who He said He was. It’s what Easter is all about.

“Come on in boys and girls, the water is fine! Jesus done washed away all our sins.”

We hope to see you on Easter Sunday!

“Holy God, make us a sign of your new life. Amen.”