Years ago, a machinist at Ford Motor Company in Detroit became a Christian and was baptized. He took his baptism seriously. He had been stealing parts and tools from Ford for years.
The morning after his baptism, he took all the stolen parts and tools back to his boss. He explained his situation and his recent conversion and baptism, and then he asked for forgiveness.
This response by an employee was without precedent.
Mr. Ford was visiting a European plant at the time, but he was cabled concerning the details of this matter. His response was requested. Mr. Ford immediately returned a cable with his decision: “Dam up the Detroit River, and baptize the entire city.”
Jesus went even further.
In his Great Commission, he ordered his church to baptize all nations (Matthew 28:19).
Over the years, I have spoken to hundreds of people about this issue. And some don’t understand why baptism is so important.
Perhaps you’re asking the same question.
Or perhaps you’ve been baptized in your church’s tradition but still have questions about your experience.
So let’s see why baptism matters.
What is baptism?
The word baptize comes from a Greek word which means to “dip” or “immerse.”
The word was often used in the ancient world to describe the act of dipping a cup in a stream or washing clothing at a laundry. To “baptize” something is, therefore, literally to immerse it in water.
John the Baptist was the first person in the New Testament to baptize people. He immersed those who repented publicly from their sins and wanted to follow God in faith. Their baptism took place in the Jordan River as a witness to their community.
When Jesus began his public ministry, he did so with his baptism by John. Of course, he was not repenting of sin since he is the sinless Son of God. Rather, he was giving public witness to his faith in his Father and supporting John’s work of preaching and baptizing.
Later, Jesus commanded his disciples to continue this work of baptism: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Baptism thus began with John and is commanded by Jesus Christ for us today.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison