“Baptism “ means to be dunked, submerged, or completely covered inside and out. That gives a better understanding of why John the Baptist “dunked” people in the Jordan River instead of just sprinkling water on them or just cleaning their feet. This public testimony of total repentance and commitment signifies a total “immersing” of all the person, inside and out, to God the Father. Today, we do this baptism of repentance in water unto salvation through Yeshua Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Some signify this by sprinkling…I am not going to address those choices here. I believe it is possible to immerse your whole self into God through Yeshua Jesus by repentance and through committed faith without the physical act of being “dunked” under water. But, I also believe there is a special blessing when we are obedient to fulfill His Word in public baptism by our own willful choice; and by dunking under water. It signifies that my old self dies and drowns under the water and I am raised above the water as a new creation in Yeshua Jesus….totally cleansed, forgiven, and redeemed (bought back to the Creator Father through repentance).
Yeshua Jesus did not need repentance as He never sinned. But, Jesus said He wanted John to baptize Him “to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). Yeshua Jesus was publicly committing ALL of Himself to God the Father (including as the son of man). We hear the Father affirm this committed relationship when He says, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (as the Son of God and son of man). (Matthew 3:1).
Later, we hear Yeshua Jesus saying that He does nothing separate from the Father; and that He and the Father are one. In Hebrews 5:8, we read that Yeshua Jesus learned obedience by His sufferings. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we hear Yeshua Jesus asking the Father if there is a way other than the cross which could provide salvation, but He was still willing to do the Father’s will at any cost. He was obedient unto death. He is the example we should follow. Yeshua Jesus totally immersed Himself in the Father publicly when He was baptized by John….and He faithfully kept His promise and commitment. The Father confirmed this covenant by His Word and sending the Holy Spirit in the form of the dove. This was the beginning of Yeshua/Jesus public ministry.
Most people are a little familiar with this first baptism of repentance and commitment unto salvation, signified by water. Yet, many have never given it serious thought. Today, we also have a second baptism available which is signified by fire…..