This past weekend we were in church, and they told us the night before there had been a baptism ceremony there. It was a full-immersion ceremony with mostly adults, and as we sang they played a video in slow motion of the people that had been baptized. You could see their faces as they closed their eyes and allowed the water to flow over them, and then again when they opened their eyes and faced their new life in Christ.
The images rolled one after another. Each person emerged from the water, soaked to the skin, and changed. You could see it on their faces, the image of what baptism really does. It wasn’t hard to grasp the importance of baptism in the figurative sense when there it was in black and white illustrated by each person as they rose from the water. I was moved to tears at the beauty of it all. The beauty of baptism and what giving your life to God really means.
I think this verse really sums up the feeling I’m talking about:
(Acts 22:16) 16 Now why do you wait? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’