Baptism as Decomposition

I love baptism!  I know that’s an odd thing to say perhaps.  But it is beautiful.

“Baptizo” from the Greek means to “dip,” or “immerse,” or “submerge.”  Why did Jesus pick immersion as the initiation rite for becoming his follower?

Romans 6 makes it clear that one of the primary pictures Jesus had in mind was decomposition–baptism is actually a mock tomb.

When we are lowered into the water, it’s like being lowered into the grave.  Being raised out of the water like our raising to a new life.

Through baptism, God is saying, “The whole journey is about death.  Death to yourself.  Death to the culture in which you live.  Death to your ambitions, dreams, and wishes.  But it’s also about life!  My life within you.”

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