Lecrae Devaughn Moore – better known simply as Lecrae in Christian music circles – recently shared something he was super excited about on Instagram.
His mid-September trip to Israel accomplished a longtime dream of his.
And it’s totally reflective of his life mission, which is something that goes beyond his fame.
“Today we got baptized in the Jordan River… It was an incredible experience for me.”
Lecrae is best known for the amazing work he has done for the Kingdom by pioneering a frontier in the music world. Until he came onto the scene, Christian rap was present but not to the degree of excellence he’s set the bar at.
His music and lyrics presented to listeners are truly phenomenal.
Inspired by his leadership, many brothers have risen to the challenge of redeeming the rap culture for the Glory of God.
Of course, people will forever scrutinize gifted leaders in the faith community and question their motives.
But if anyone has ever questioned Lecrae, the genuine excitement and legit discussion about Jesus in his recent Insta posts show the veracity of his life mission.
Lecrae has been “walking the walk” for many years and this eventful baptism is not his first public declaration of faith.
In a book entitled Unashamed from 2016, he described being baptized in the Pacific Ocean during a trip to see his grandmother in San Diego, California.
This time, his baptism in Israel was like a revival, a fresh leap forward in his journey of faith. It’s one thing to walk with Jesus daily in your hometown – and another to be walking in the hometown of Jesus, with the same purpose (baptism).
Lecrae posted a short video of the baptism on his feed, along with this comment:
“Today we got baptized in the Jordan River,” the singer, 39, wrote.
“The one John baptized Jesus in. I was joking before I got dipped and I said if a bird lands out here like the dove on Jesus, bruh … I’m gonna have a heart attack. Just take me to heaven cause God is speakin too loud! Well look at the pics. I love the Jordan because of all the symbolism it holds. It was the border of the promised land. It was the picture of safety and security. Getting baptized in it was an incredible experience for me.”
“Here’s an interesting fact. Baptism didn’t start with John the Baptist. The Jewish ritual immersion in water is called a mikvah, which is a Hebrew word meaning gathering of waters.”
“Immersion in a mikvah also represents death and resurrection. When you come back out of the water, you come back to life as a new creation.”
“When I was immersed into Christ (not just water) I also become a new creation: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.’ The more you learn the Jewish roots the more truth comes alive.”
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Today we got baptized in the Jordan River. The one John baptized Jesus in. 🙃🙏🏽🙌🏽 I was joking before I got dipped and I said if a bird lands out here like the dove on Jesus, 🦢 bruh….I’m gonna have a heart attack. Just take me to heaven cause God is speakin too loud! Well look at the pics. 🤯. I love the Jordan because of all the symbolism it holds. It was the border of the promised land. It was the picture of safety and security. Getting baptized in it was an incredible experience for me. 💦 🌊 Here’s an interesting fact. Baptism didn’t start with John the Baptist. The Jewish ritual immersion in water is called a mikvah, which is a Hebrew word meaning gathering of waters. Immersion in a mikvah also represents death and resurrection. When you come back out of the water, you come back to life as a new creation. When I was immersed into Christ ✝️(not just water) I also become a new creation: “Therefore, if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The more you learn the Jewish roots the more truth comes alive.
This stuff is what drives Lecrae.
He is sold out for God, and his musicianship reflects this deep desire for saturating in Truth.
Just like sharing his reflections from his recent adventure, his musical lyrics are worth reading, if not also listening to. He sources his inspiration from the Spirit with boldness.
However, this is not where he originally learned to look for boldness.
“My uncles were young and wrapped up in the streets, gangs and drugs and just promiscuous. I idolized it. I wanted to be the gang member. I wanted every tattoo that my uncle had. I saw my first gun and all these different things. I was like, ‘This must be what it means to be a man.'”
And what we idolize is what our life builds around. After years of gang and drug culture, he was spiritually arrested by God — through a police arrest due to drug possession.
“The police officer goes to the back of my car, and he saw the Bible. He came back to the police car and said, ‘Son, you’ve got a Bible in your car. Do you know what that Bible is about?’ I was like, ‘I need to.’ He said, ‘Today, I’m going to let you go, ’cause I want you to get into that Bible and I want you to start living it.’ That really did something to me. I didn’t want to get into any kind of trouble like that again.”
That was the start of his life in God. And God has done some incredible, mighty works through His son’s willingness to live for Him.
Lecrae’s trip to the Holy Land also included stops at Bethlehem, Jericho, and the Mount of Beatitudes. Lecrae definitely wanted to be a bold ambassador about the spiritual significance of these sites.
His captions on his photos from these sites were remarkably insightful.
With photos at the Mount of Beatitudes (where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount), Lecrae wrote: “Sitting in the spot where Yeshua fed thousands of people physical food while also telling them that those who hunger for righteousness are blessed and will be satisfied.”
Returning home to his wife and three children, Lecrae has a renewed spiritual insight that will surely rejuvenate his home and professional life.
He has thus far released 9 studio albums, including the very-loved ‘Real Talk’. He was humbled to also receive two Grammy awards and 8 Doves.
Pray that as this man of God continues serving Him through his stellar talent and humble testimony, that God blesses him mightily.
In particular, pray for continued inspiration to write from the Spirit’s guidance, and is never tempted to mute the power of the Word. Amen.