- Jesus commanded it. Baptism is an act of obedience - and for many Christians it is their very first act of obedience. Jesus was clear about this, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
- It is a primary tradition of the church. From the very beginning of the church, believers in Jesus have been baptized. In getting baptized, you are demonstrating to the church that you have made a commitment to follow Christ. ”What are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name” (Acts )
- Jesus himself was baptized. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17) - There was really no other reason for Jesus to be baptized other than to be an example to us... (oh yeah and for God to split the heavens open and show the world that this was His son...).
It's not too late - if you're still interested in being baptized this weekend at our 9:15 or 11:00 services in McKean - let us know here. Do some more reading in Romans 6 if you'd like some more theology on the subject.