A Cruciform Baptism

Baptism has been an issue of conflict in modern times. It wasn’t so in the early church. Baptism was understood to be inseparably linked with the cross of Jesus; his death, burial and resurrection. To understand Baptism today requires seeing it in this connection; a cruciform baptism. In the early church Baptism was Blasphemy to Jews and Treason to Romans. Today it is the same. To be baptized into Christ is a denial and rejection of the gods and power structures of this age and a full uniting with Christ in his death on the cross.