Meet Alisha. She's being baptized in the Pacific Ocean with friends and family here to witness and celebrate the occasion. After many prayers were made by her husband who became a Christian after they were married, and after many countless times he shared with her the good news of the God-man, Jesus, (despite her indifference) she received the gift of faith to understand and believe the gospel. Here she identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. For the wages of our sin is death, but God shows his mercy and love for us in that while we were yet sinners, he gave us his one and only son to die on our behalf.
And what is baptism?
Christian baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship. In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, “I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life of sanctification.” Christian baptism illustrates, in dramatic style, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. At the same time, it also illustrates our death to sin and new life in Christ. As the sinner confesses the Lord Jesus, he dies to sin (Romans 6:11) and is raised to a brand-new life (Colossians 2:12). Being submerged in the water represents death to sin, and emerging from the water represents the cleansed, holy life that follows salvation. Romans 6:4 puts it this way: “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.”
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