Baptism is such an astonishing thing! It’s deep! No pun intended. We all hear about people being baptized and catch many saying how great it is, but do we fully understand the significance of it? Maybe you’re getting baptized, are thinking about getting baptized or are just wondering “what on earth does baptism even means?”, well, I’m going to serve you some meat with that milk (1 Cor. 3:1-3)!
I was baptized at eight years old and didn’t fully understand what I was doing. I was just happy that I was getting dunked in water! After I gave my life to Jesus a week or two prior, I don’t recall being educated on what baptism actually was. I may have gotten the classical “outward sign of an inward faith” speech seconds before the pastor of the church dipped me in the tank, but that was all of my recollection.
So, for years I pondered why it was celebrated so much. Even not having fully understood it, I knew in my spirit that it was something spectacular! In the paragraph below is a passage from the Holy Bible that eventually came alive to me when I sought it out. My interest spiked and I was definitely attended to. My question had been answered, and yet again I remembered, ‘this Book is alive!’ I need you to chew on the verse below and allow Holy Spirit to move in you as you read:
“’Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord”’ (Romans 6:4-11).
Did you grasp this? We were literally, spiritually buried with Jesus Christ in His death through baptism! We were united in His likeness. Spiritually speaking, He didn’t choose to baptize us in dirt (or in tombs), but rather water, because the Word of God expresses that from Jesus brings us “Living Water” (John 7:37-39). We are literally and spiritually baptized in Him! How great is that?! But that’s not the best part: As Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, so are we. We aren’t left to drown as Jesus was not left buried; He resurrected us just as He was resurrected! But first, one must be born-again (believing Jesus is the only God, that He died for our sins, arose from the dead and soon to return, repentant of their sins, dying to self and surrendering their life completely to Jesus Christ), because Romans 6:3 states, “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” There is no burial and resurrection without a death, and we have to go to the cross FIRST and lay our lives down at the crucifixion with Him and to Him.
This is just a nugget to the sauce and I could probably go on for hours about the depth holy baptism, but I may save that for a later post. Hopefully you were able to get the gist, yet significance of it. So, the next time you look back on your own baptism, or forward, this will help you grasp your amazing life transformation.