Baptism shows publicly that a person has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. Going under the water symbolizes the death and burial of the old way of life. Coming up out of the water symbolizes new life with Christ. If you think of your old sinful life as dead and buried, you have a powerful motive to resist sin. Then you can continue to enjoy your new life with Jesus. Being baptized is an individual’s opportunity to publicly identify with Christ as well as with all other Christ-followers.