“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”Romans 6:4
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What does such baptizing with water indicate?
It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Where is this written?
St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six: “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Rom. 6:4)
None of us want to die, right? Wrong. The sad truth is that many people do want to die and each year they succeed in taking their own lives. As of 2016, the second leading cause of death among teenagers ages fifteen to nineteen is suicide (http://www.ahchealthenews.com/2016/07/18/suicide-now-second-leading-cause-death-teens/). This breaks my heart.
For those who struggle with the darkest sides of themselves, we have good news. Through Baptism, we have a chance to die to sin every day. In Baptism, our old Adam is drowned. With each new morning lived under our Baptism, we have the opportunity to awake a new person, a new creation in Christ. For those who deal with the daily darkness of wanting to die, certainly it’s not as simple as saying, “Hey, you’re baptized! All that dark stuff is dead.” We still live on this side of heaven where the darkness of sin and the devil can press in on us so very hard. But regardless of how we feel and even in the midst of the deepest darkness, the light remains, and His name is Jesus.
Sometimes, our students and their families live in very dark situations. Sometimes, we don’t even realize how dark their darkness might be. Wanting to die may or may not be hard for us to understand, but dying to Christ has an entirely different meaning than dying an earthly death. Being buried with Him through Baptism means we have new life! And we have it for eternity. That’s the best news we can imagine. That’s the best news we can share!
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Catechism quotations are from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, copyright © 1986 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.