Water as a substance on its own has a simple definition as a colourless, odourless, and tasteless liquid that forms the seas and the lakes and the rivers. By our own human nature, we are physically dependent on the water that nourishes and cleanses our bodies daily.
Jesus offered water in the form of Himself. Living water, to all of those who would reach out and drink with both hands, would never be thirsty if they drank from His well. Those who choose to drink would be offered fullness of joy, a heart of worship, and eternal salvation. As such, it is only fitting that the public declaration of deciding to follow Jesus is submersion into the water.
What is Water Baptism?
As we have put our lives and hearts in the care of Jesus, declaring him as our Saviour, the next step that we take is to publicly declare the transformation that God is continuing to do within us. In front of our church family, we bravely take the risk to symbolize the death and new life that we have with Jesus by being submerged for a moment underneath the waters, our old selves being put away under the water and our new selves rising, just as Christ rose.
Why Do We Do It?
The water holds great significance in our Christian faith. Before Jesus began his ministry, he himself was baptized in water by John. We believe that the command to be baptized is not only a symbol of beginning, but a spiritual work within us. As we are lifted from the waters, so are we lifted from our old lives, and now have a new life and heart with Jesus. It is a cleansing, a purification and an answer to a call of obedience.
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And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying,
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”