Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Doves -- VBS by Pastor Ronnie Koch
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Mark 16:16
1. Doves are a symbol of peace & hope.
Doves are a common symbol in religious and civil ceremonies. They are sometimes released at weddings. Great flocks of them are released at the start of the Olympics. The dove is a familiar symbol of peace. It makes one feel peaceful to see a dove fly away free and hopeful for a good life ahead.
2. A dove showed Noah the flood was over.
When the rain had stopped for a while, Noah sent out a dove from the ark and it returned with a fresh olive branch, a sign that the newly cleaned dry land was producing green, new life.
Noah’s flood reminds us of baptism. See 1 Peter 3:20-21. Remind those in your family about this connection.
3. The Holy Spirit comes like a dove.
When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came to Him in the form of a dove. In our baptisms we have the promised Holy Spirit. Like a dove bringing feelings of peace and hope, the Holy Spirit has blessings for us. You and your family can review those blessings in the catechism’s explanation of the 3rd Article of the Creed:
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.