I remember when I worked as a youth pastor; the most exciting part of the job was to see students “get it.” What I mean is that I saw the light bulb turn on in their head (at least figuratively speaking). They believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. They wanted to honor Jesus with their lives. But they were scared to death to be baptized. This does not only happen to students.
Baptism is an important part of being a Christian.
We are told of a story in the Bible: A group of believers heard the Gospel preached and were convicted. They wanted to know what to do next.
“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ’” (Acts 2:38)
After Jesus completed His atoning (saving, redeeming) work on the cross and rose from the grave, He said this to His followers:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Those who become disciples (followers of Jesus) should consider it an honor to take part in the same rite that Jesus Himself took part in.
For Jesus, His baptism was the public statement of validation of His earthly ministry that would lead to Him dying on the cross for our sins (Matthew 3:13-17).
For us, baptism is the public statement that we follow Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives (Hebrews 4:14-5 :10).
Also, as Jesus died on the cross, baptism symbolizes that we too die. For us, we die to sin and the power of satan over our lives and we rise to the new life in Jesus Christ made possible through the cross (Romans 6:3-11).
Jesus calls for his disciples, those who put their trust and faith in Him (John 3:16) to be baptized. If you or a friend has never been baptized or were baptized as a child due to parental or peer pressure but now you want to own your commitment of faith, I invite you to participate in the next baptism this weekend.
Learn more about baptism: Desiring God