Baptism is much like this thixotropic rust proofing.”

 He wiped a a few drops of  wax oil from the tip of his spray wand. Then he continued, “The child of Bethlehem first comes and gives his life for you. Forgiven and baptized into his life and marked and covered with that blessed oil, you are preserved by the Spirit for eternal life. In a similar sense, I coat these cars with wax oil that they will serve a long time, not because they are fancy and worth more, but that we may know

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“In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank thee Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.  (Luke 10:21)

they’ve been made right by the gift of this special oil. The big difference is that I can only prolong the car’s service life. God provides eternal life.”

 With that, I thanked John, both for his commercial marketing opinion and the wise theology lesson. He continued his work and I went on my way, thanking God for the wisdom of John… for using a magic rust proofing spray wand he’d pointed beyond himself. . . to the Divine One who came to earth on Christmas Eve. You see, now in this Epiphany season after Christmas, I believe Jesus, the Light of the world, came to enlighten us and free us from making sinful judgments about such things as car commercials and the people who make our cars, but more so. . . that we may express thankfulness to God for grace freely given.