The Passover is the foundation of God’s plan of salvation for mankind. It pictures how Christ died to pay the penalty of sin. It is through Passover that we have been given the opportunity to eternal life. Now that we know Yahshua (Jesus) died for each of us, how should we respond? The answer is baptism.
What is baptism?
Baptism came from the Greek word baptizo, meaning “to dip into” or “immerse.” Contrary to popular teaching, you can never find any biblical passages about babies being baptized or people being baptized through sprinkling and pouring of water. In fact, the New Testament tells us that baptism is usually performed in a river where a person is completely immersed.
However, we need to realize that baptism is more than just a symbol of ceremonial cleansing. It is actually a process that involves repentance and living a life pleasing to God (Matthew 3:2; Acts 2:38). Baptism is an outward sign of your inward desire to commit the rest of your life to your Creator.
The Apostle Paul has this to say about baptism:
Romans 6:3: Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Baptism symbolizes our carnal nature being buried in the watery grave and as we come out of that grave, we now have a newness of life – a converted and spirit-led life. From that moment, it is not us who no longer live, but Christ in us (Galatians 2:20). Baptism means that we have the faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Yahshua the Messiah. It is also the faith that Christ will resurrect us from the dead when He finally returns here on earth.
A requirement of partaking the Passover
One must never underestimate the seriousness of Passover. It is so serious and life-changing that it is only reserved for mature adults who have the understanding of its meaning and implication. It is not something that we must take lightly.
The Passover is a solemn ceremony that we partake once every year. We are taught:
I Corinthians 11:27: Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an UNWORTHY manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
One of the ways that we can be worthy to partake of the Passover is through baptism. This is the reason that only baptized members of the church are given the chance to participate in Passover.
Participating in Passover is renewing the commitment that we have made to God during our baptism. It is the time when we re-affirm our faith in God. During the Passover, we are being taught to examine ourselves and see whether we are growing in the grace and knowledge of God or not.
Are you delaying your commitment to God?
One of the most important decisions you EVER make in this lifetime is baptism. Once you made the decision to be baptized, it will be a point of no return. This will be your only chance to salvation. This might be the reason that some people are afraid to make a commitment to God and be baptized.
We need to understand that surrendering our life and will to God is the SWEETEST surrender. Though the road ahead may be difficult after we are baptized, at the end of the day, we can always have the confidence that it is all worth it.
Committing your life to God is a life-changing decision. This will change the course of your life in the most positive and fulfilling way.
There are a lot of ways to spend your life on this earth. However, spending your life in COMPLETE surrender to God’s will is the best possible way to live. When we do this, our reward will not only be during this lifetime but in the life to come.
So what are the things that are preventing you from being baptized? Pray and fast for God’s will to be done in your life. Seek wise counsel and always remember that God will not ask something that we are not able to give. So have faith. Rest in the love of God. Be baptized and I can assure you, you will find a very profound meaning to your life!