You’ve decided to follow Jesus. Somehow, because of a strategy that is both baffling and divine, His message of hope and everlasting life found you and compelled you to respond. This newfound closeness you have with the Maker of the universe will soon take on a whole new dimension of significance as you begin to fathom the incomprehensible: He gave His life so that you could live. Let the journey begin.
Jesus made it very clear that one of the first steps in following Him is to be water baptized. He told His followers:
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
— MATTHEW 28:19-20
A disciple is someone who follows Jesus and believes He is the only Son of God who was crucified on a cross—thereby making a way for sinners to be forgiven from the wages of their sin (death)—walked out of His grave three days later and ascended to heaven. If you’re following Jesus and believe these things, you are a disciple.
He stressed the importance of water baptism, saying,
Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved…
— Mark 16:16
Water baptism, then, is very important for any disciple of Jesus. Like you.