These moving passages will make you feel born again.
When most people think of a baptism, they picture an infant in a flowing white gown getting sprinkled with water. A priest stands over them, motioning the sign of the cross as he reads off ancient passages from the Bible. It is, in every sense of the word, the first religious rite of passage that any Christian experiences. But the truth is, a baptism can happen at any age, to any person who’s ready to fully embrace the teachings of Jesus. And it’s for that very reason that so many baptism Bible verses conjure up feelings of transformation and renewal.
In Christian theology, a baptism is a kind of rebirth; a washing away of original sin and a purification of the soul. According to the Bible, the first known baptism occurred with Jesus, sometime around 30 AD, when he was baptized in the River Jordan by his disciple John (later known as John the Baptist). But today, it’s practiced throughout the world by many Christian religions as a welcoming ceremony into the church. These time-honored passages can be read aloud during a baptism ceremony, or inscribed on a keepsake or written inside a card as a way to commemorate the day.