April 29, 2022

Bob Maas
“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.”
Romans 6:4
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20

I grew up in a church that sprinkled babies within the first few months of their birth to baptize them. This is all I knew until I was invited to the baptism of my future brother-in-law one Sunday evening. No one prepared me for what was going to happen. When the time came for Wayne to get baptized, the pastor walked down some steps into a huge tank of water wearing a white robe. Right behind him was Wayne and then the pastor asked him some questions and the next thing I knew, Wayne was dunked under the water with all his clothes on. When he came up out of the water he was soaking wet and everyone was clapping. I had no idea what had just happened.

It would be several years later before I learned the true meaning of baptism, which is identifying with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection. Jesus identified with me when he became a man and bore my sins on the cross. I identify with him by being buried with him by going completely into the water and then symbolically rising from the dead when I come up out of the water.

Now, every time I observe another believer being baptized it reminds me of my own experience of identifying with Jesus Christ. It’s symbolic of my new life in Christ, for which I am always so very, very grateful.