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Jesus commanded that we go into the world… make disciples… and baptize them…”
For anyone who would follow the Lord Jesus, baptism is a commandment. Like all of his other commands to disciples – they are just thatcommandments, not suggestions. And if we understand who he is and what he’s done then his commandments taste more like a cool drink of water on a hot day rather than paying taxes. St. John reminds us that “his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3)
As you’ve probably noticed, we are about 2,000 years into Church History and like so many churches aroundworld – here at Redemption Churchbaptism is a big deal! This glorious sacrament speaks directly to who God is and what he has done in Christ, through the Holy Spirit for the sake of the Church!
The New Testament teaches us that Baptism represents a few incredible things to the Christian. Here’s four of those:
Jesus commanded that all who would come after him as his disciples are to follow him in being baptized. This is a public declaration that you have been plunged into a relationship with the Triune God being that Jesus said that we are to be “baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). Notice here that Jesus says “name” and not “names.” This speaks to the oneness and threeness of our God. “Baptism was to conversion something like what the engagement ring is to many engaged couples in modern Western society; the official, public declaration of the commitment.”
Look at this beautiful statement from Ananias to Paul upon Paul’s conversion, “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16). “Outward washing with water expresses the cleansing from sin that is proclaimed in the gospel and received by faith sacramentally in baptism.” Catch that! You’re cleansed! What a grace!
DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESSURECTION DIPICTED
Paul wrote to the Corinthians
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” (1 Cor. 15:3-4).
Baptism is a picture of Good Friday and Easter! When someone goes into the water, they’re declaring that their sins are buried with Christ. When someone comes up out of the water, they’re identifying with the resurrected Jesus!
Lastly, here’s an excerpt from The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life…
WOMB & TOMB
There is a saying from the early church that can serve to help us better understand what water baptism is and what it represents. Sofia Cavalletti, a woman who lived in Rome and worked with young children on their spiritual formation, writes in her book Living Liturgy: Elementary Reflections:
“The catechumens [Christian converts awaiting baptism] went down into the baptismal pool, which was considered both the tomb of the old person and the motherly womb of the church, which gave new birth to the new person. Going into the pool was like going down into the tomb, and coming up out of the pool was the return to a new life, the life of the risen Christ.”
So, if you walk into your church and you see the baptismal font, think to yourself, from death to life. You see, as you’re baptized, you’re in a sense reaching back in time to hold the hands of the saints who have gone before us, and remembering the stark reality that our old lives with all of our sin and folly are buried in the tomb, and by the grace of God, we emerge to live new lives from the womb as the people of God.
The baptismal font is the tomb and the womb.
So if you’re a believer in Jesus but haven’t followed through on baptism, we’d love to baptize you on October 16th as we wrap up our We Are Redemption series! Click here to sign up: BAPTISM