Buried with Him in Baptism

What was going through your mind when you walk into the water before the congregation and the pastor by your side? What were you thinking about as you take that fateful steps towards the gallows? What were you thinking about every time we partake in the Lord’s Supper? Are we proclaiming our own death along with our Lord’s [1]?

What is our understanding of baptism? What do we know about choosing Christ? Do we know what it truly meant to “give our life to Christ”? Do we know what it meant to die with Christ, for Christ [2]?

What is our understanding of death?

Do we know what happens when we die? Do we lose connection with the world? Physically, emotionally and mentally? Are we no longer ourselves?

As we walk towards the baptism pool, we are essentially walking towards the gallows. The charges against us? The entirety of our being — sin. And as we walk into the pool and submerge ourselves in the water, do we feel our head resting onto the noose?

The pastor pressed our head into the water, the noose was released.

We struggled. The fight for air, it felt like forever. And then, silence. It’s over.

We are dead. We are gone. Gone forever.

What does all of these mean? How do we make sense of the breath that we still breathe now? What does all of these mean?

Our bodies float lifelessly in the water. We fought the good fight, we’ve struggled the struggles planned for us. When we’ve decided to walk to the gallows of baptism, we walked towards our death. And when we embrace the death we surrendered voluntarily, it is no longer us who lives, but Christ within us [3]. The walking being that is now living within our physical bodies aren’t ourselves, but Christ. The Spirit within us isn’t ours. The Holy Spirit has taken over us. The consciousness that we have isn’t ours, but Christ’s. As we walk out of the baptism pool and into a new life, we are no longer a part of the physical creation that was created since the dawn of time. We are a new creation [4].

We are, essentially, living, breathing, Christ. We are — the ambassadors of Christ.

And if the world do not see Christ in us, that meant we have not truly died in Christ.

When was the last time you meditated on this?

May God help us remember Gethsemane.


[1] – For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. — 1 Corinthians 11:26, NIV.
[2] – Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? — Romans 6:3, NIV
[3] – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. — Galatians 2:20, NIV.
[4] – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! — 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV.

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