Some people see baptism as a nice ceremony, a welcome into the church. It is, but far more than that. The immersion-baptism of the New Testament tells an important story: to the new believer, the church, God, the world and the devil. In the Bible, water is not only a picture of life and salvation, but also of death, separation and judgement as in the flood (2 Peter 3:5-7), the Red Sea crossing (Exodus 14:21-31), and Jonah (Jonah 1:8-16). Each of those narratives shows that God saves through the water those who trust in Him, and also judges those who stand against Him.