In the book of Exodus, the Israelites encounter the miraculous parting of the Red Sea to bring them to ultimate freedom from the 400+ years of slavery they endured at the hands of the Egyptians. They were saved through water. This story prefigures our baptism, where we too are saved through water. The magnificence and drama of this story are so helpful for us because it is an even greater drama when we are baptized. But the visual effects don’t have the same theatrical, stunning quality, so we might miss it. But it is true! Our enslavement to sin is worse than the Israelites’ 430 years under the cruelty of Pharaoh.
God even allowed the ferocious army to come after the Israelites as they made their escape, so they could look their death in the face, and know without a doubt how the Mighty God had saved them. They seemed completely fenced in with death on all sides. Drown or be slaughtered. But Moses looks at them, directs them to look at the advancing army, and says,
Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. – Exodus 14:13
We are faced with the same as we approach the font of baptism. The armies of the Evil One press in on all sides and we are enslaved to sin and death. He is behind us and the waters of the font are before us. We must enter in to see the salvation of the Lord. But as we enter, we can hear the loving voice of the Father say, “This sin that weighs upon you, the wages of which is death, you shall never see again!”
Listen to this awesome song by Bethel Music and revel in the fact that you are called to be a child of God. This awesome and mighty God has split the sea so you could walk right through it, drowning all your fears in perfect love. He has rescued you!
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:4