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Why do we have to be completely covered by water when we are baptized? God chose immersion in water because it is a very powerful way of showing us that our sins must be forgiven. Believers realize that they need saving from sin and require God’s grace. They go under the water in baptism, and die to an old way of life. They come up out of the water to a new life. In baptism, believers identify with the death of Jesus Christ, who died for us.
Just as Jesus rose from the dead, they also rise from the waters of baptism to “set out on a new life” (Romans 6:4). Now, believers are God’s children, and they desire to please Him. If they do so, He will give them His great gift of everlasting Life. This will happen when Jesus comes to rule the world (Luke 1:32,33). No wonder Jesus regarded baptism as being so important.
Those being baptized on Easter Sunday will share how God has transformed their lives … join us as we celebrate their new life in Christ!