Baptism is a Christian custom of initiation. It has been practiced by almost all people who embrace the Christian faith for nearly 2000 years. Baptism is a public demonstration of faith, but it is also symbolic. Jesus lived life on earth, died for our sins, was resurrected from the dead, and ascended to heaven. Similarly, a disciple of Jesus gives up their desire to live according to their ideas to live a life that honors God. In the new life, the Spirit of God empowers the follower of Jesus to live a life of real value, satisfaction, and enjoyment. Baptism by immersion in water is symbolic of the old self’s death when you go under the water. Baptism also symbolizes the rising to a new life as you come up out of the water.