Underwater. . .

. . . As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

Baptism’s a strange thing. For most people, it’s an announcement. It’s a proclamation to everyone around that says, “I am a follower of Christ!” For many, it’s also a symbol. It’s a portrait of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. In a sense, we identify with Christ when we enter the waters of baptism. We are lowered into the water, dying to our old selves and burying our sin. We are brought out of the water, cleansed and entering new life. For all, it’s a step in obedience to Christ who has commanded us to be baptized, thus identifying us as his followers.

Here’s one person’s story.

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