A: First of all, we must believe that it is important because Jesus was baptized. If it didn’t matter, He would’ve found something better to do on that sunny afternoon by the Jordan River.
What does our friend Ellen White say? «Baptism is a most sacred and important ordinance, and there should be a thorough understanding as to its meaning. It means repentance for sin, and the entrance upon a new life in Christ Jesus» (Child Guidance, p. 499).
Baptism is important because it’s a symbol of something deep inside your heart. It’s a way of saying to your whole church family, «I love Jesus so much I’m willing to do what He did. I’m publicly showing I’m a Bible-believing, Bible-obeying Christian.»
You’re also reminding those who attend your service what the apostle Paul said: «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» (Romans 6:4).
When you come up out of the water, you’re telling everyone, «This is what Jesus can do for you. He can wash away your sins and let you begin a brand-new life with Him by your side.»
Can you get to heaven without being baptized? Yes. But the Saviour hopes you’ll share what you’ve learned with others. Through this simple act, your friends can witness a demonstration of God’s saving grace in action.