Noted theologian Karl Barth wrote, “For the relevance of holy baptism is this: that we may our whole life long think about the fact that we are baptized…Once in my life a sign has been established that I hold on to…Just as I was born, I was baptized.”
Later he said, “Baptism is a representation of Christ’s death. It tells us that when Christ was dead and buried, we too have been dead and buried…Baptism tells you that the death was also your death.”
I would like to add to this that baptism not only portrays the death of our old self, it also pictures our resurrection to live a new life. “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.
Having a bad day? Think about your baptism!