Water Baptism – Why should I get baptized?
Jesus was baptized as an example for us. Matthew 3:16. Jesus did not start His ministry until after He was baptized at the age of 30. That’s how important baptism is. Baptism is a public statement saying you are no longer going to be a slave to sin but to righteousness! (Right with God). You are putting off the old man and coming up out of the water a new creation! 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Water Baptism is a very significant event in a Christian’s life! You may say, “Oh great! So after I get baptized all my problems are solved and I will never sin again. WooHoo!” …Well, not really. However, the fact is that after getting baptized, you are no longer a “slave to sin”. Sin no longer rules you. You are saying that Jesus Christ is your new Master and you will be following Him! You can only serve one master. Which will it be? Matthew 6:24.
What is actually happening when you get baptized? You are putting off the old man and putting on the new!
Getting baptized will be one of the greatest decisions you will ever make in your life next to accepting Jesus as your Savior!
If you are a parent and want to explain water baptism to your children, I highly recommend reading through Romans chapter 6 in The Message version. I have placed it below for your convenience. You may also want to read through this chapter in the New King James Version Romans 6:1-23. It explains the concept of going from being a slave to sin to a slave to righteousness!
If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and have not yet been baptized. Now is the time to do this! It does not mater what age your are!
Take a minute and read Romans chapter 6 below from The Message Bible. Such good news! ~ Tony Baker
When Death Becomes Life – The Message (MSG)
1-3So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!
3-5That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.
6-11Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.
12-14That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.
What Is True Freedom?
15-18So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!
19I’m using this freedom language because it’s easy to picture. You can readily recall, can’t you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing—not caring about others, not caring about God—the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God’s freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness?
20-21As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end.
22-23But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.