and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1st Peter 3:21 NIV
They had not seen a port in days. The open ocean stretched as far as they could see in every direction. Their tiny boat did not have a bathroom or a shower, but they needed to maintain hygiene. So the men got out the bar of soap. They looked into the deep blue waters to see if any shark or hungry sea creature was there that might think they were food. But they saw nothing. So one by one, they leaped in. Hurriedly, they climbed back on board. The one who went first said he had read about this form of showering. It was called the Caribbean bath. He lathered up, threw himself back into the water. But he did not rub the soap off in the water where the danger lurked. He climbed back out to safety and once there, he wrung the soapy water from his body. The bath was not perfect. But they found that it sort of worked. Have we been washed clean?
The water that flooded the earth holds a symbol of cleansing where those who were in the ark were saved. Now it is our turn to be washed. The waters are deep and there may be sharks. But if we will immerse ourselves in faith in Christ, we will be made clean. It may sound insane to those who are comfortable in their boat. Some people may prefer to wait. Yet we could choose to let all the symbolism mean something at last. We can take a plunge that will wash us in ways that nothing on earth ever could. We can make a pledge with God that will finally clear our conscious. Shall we now?
Wash us, cleanse us, baptize us in the name of Jesus so that we can finally come and bow before You, we pray!