Baptism is an incredible opportunity to publicly declare, “I’m a follower of Jesus!”
1. Baptism is important Because Jesus was baptized.
The sinless Son of God modeled for us the importance of publicly declaring our allegiance to God. He was not above submitting to this important expression of a surrendered life.
People being baptized by John the Baptist were responding to His teachings about the need to repent and prepare for the coming of Jesus. This baptism, which occurred before the death and resurrection of Jesus, was significant because it was a public expression by the people being baptized that they were no longer doing their own thing, but they were surrendering themselves to follow God and His plans. Today, our baptism expresses a similar heart response, only now we realize more fully that God’s plan centers on Jesus’ death and resurrection and reign in our lives.
2. Baptism is important Because Jesus commands it.
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20
Baptism is important because Jesus commands it. Out of His love for us He wants us to publicly declare our allegiance to Him. He is Lord of all, and He deserves first place in our lives.
3. Baptism is important Because it pictures our identification with Jesus’ death and resurrection.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. - Romans 6:1-7
Baptism is important because it pictures our identification with Jesus’ death and resurrection. When we put our faith in Jesus, we identify ourselves with Him, and we experience the power of His death and resurrection. By faith, we experience His power over sin and death.
In Jesus’ day, the word for baptism actually was a term used in the fabric industry. It was a term used for dying cloth. For example, a piece of white cloth would be “baptized” or immersed into a container of red dye, changing the cloth from white to red. Similarly, a person being baptized is making a statement that they were once separated from God, dead in their sins, but now they are identified with the death and resurrection of Jesus and the new life He gives! What an amazing statement!
Christians throughout the centuries have used different methods to baptize. It appears that the way baptisms were conducted in the days of the early church involved submerging the person being baptized completely in water. This style seems to most closely represent the identification with Jesus’ death (going under the water) and resurrection (coming out of the water).
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