On the second day of Creation, God created the waters above and the waters below. The waters above were the heavens and there was a barrier placed between it and the earth. The waters below were the abyss. There the unrighteous of Noah’s day and Pharaoh’s soldiers were consigned. The prophets saw the forces of darkness as monsters arising from the deep. Those waters represented mortal and spiritual peril as well as judgment and death.
The second day of creation was the only day God did not call good. God does not desire man to be separated from Him. This day just visually represented the world before Jesus. It also laid the framework for a deeper understanding of Jesus’ Baptism.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22
At His baptism, Jesus entered the waters below as He would later enter into suffering and death itself. He rose from the waters, as He rose from the dead. The heavens opened! The barrier to man was gone, as Jesus later proved when He ascended into heaven. A dove descended prefiguring Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon those in the upper room. Finally, the Father said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” foreshadowing Christ’s enthronement at the right hand of His Father in heaven.
Baptism opens the doors of heaven to us as well. St. Paul says that we enter into His death at Baptism so we might rise with Him. We are filled with the Holy Spirit here on earth, so that we might receive our crown of righteousness in heaven. Then God will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be. Amen.
Scriptures referenced: Gen. 1: 6-8, Gen. 7:11, Ex. 14:26, Dan 7:3, Romans 6:3, Matt. 25:23
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