“Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptised?”
Isn’t it interesting that in the early church of the Apostles people got baptised at the same time as making their allegiance to the Kingdom of the God. Today someone might wait weeks, months or even years before baptism.
When we read the account of Phillip presenting the gospel to the Ethiopian Eunuch we read that he said to Phillip “”Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptised” – He was baptised in water at that very moment.
This should indicate that something in the message dealt with the issue of baptism and its likely that in the Gospel message of Pentecost there was also a clear reference made to baptism.
I don’t mean that the Gospel was presented as “Christ died to pay the price of your sins therefore have faith in that, repent and be baptised”.
No there must have been something very specific in reference to baptism.
In today’s presentation of the Gospel message, we don’t find people exclaiming “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptised?” so maybe our message lacks some vital detail.
If we understand that at the incarnation Jesus becoming man arrives on the earth like Moses arriving in Egypt to defeat the power of the enslaving enemy and to deliver a people out of bondage. If we understand that this defeat saw its climax at the Red Sea in which all the people both Jew and Gentile passed through the water and became liberated from bondage at the other side.
1Corinthians 10:1-2 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
We can then see the work of Jesus who taking all mankind into the watery depths of death at the cross is able to raise us all at the other shore, having won the cosmic battle against the principalities and powers, defeating death and bringing us a new Passover liberation.
Does not the Gospel ask us to surrender ourselves to the depths of the water in the faith of passing through to life, just as Noah who survived the waters in the ark (Jesus) and Jonah who survived the depths of watery death in the fish (Jesus).
The Gospel declares a Victory, Ransomed Paid and Liberation Secured as with Him we pass through the waters of death to be raised up and set free leaving behind our lives of bondage.
To acknowledge this and to believe its reality, trusting in the One who takes you through the water of death is the Gospel and it demands we surrender to the water.
That we are baptised into Jesus just as the delivered Israel were baptised into Moses – and realising this, leads us to cry out “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptised?”