Holy rituals like baptisms are made extra special on Easter, as they both symbolize resurrection and rebirth.
What is Baptism?
In the Christian Church, baptism is the religious rite of sprinkling water on someone’s forehead or immersing one in water to wash away someone’s sin. The verb “baptize” in Greek, means “to dip, plunge, immerse,” or “bring under the influence.” As the priest, Pastor, or deacon pours water over the head of (or immerses) the person during baptism, he repeats, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This symbolizes a purification/renewal of the body and adoption by God.
Baptism is considered “faith in action” and your personal identification with an incredible act in human history—the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (which Easter represents). As you stand in the water waiting to be baptized, you symbolize Jesus dying on the cross. You symbolize Jesus being buried in the tomb as you are lowered into the water. As you rise from the water reborn, you symbolize Jesus’s resurrection, overcoming death.
Baptism is your personal testimony of your passage from your old life to your new life.
What is Easter?
Easter is one of the most sacred days in Christianity, where believers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he was crucified on the cross. The New Testament in the Bible said the resurrection occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. Easter celebrates this incredible miracle.
Easter also concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events that begin with Lent (a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and sacrifice) and ends with Holy Week. This includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles, also known as “Maundy Thursday”), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ crucifixion is observed), and Easter Sunday.
To many, Easter represents not just resurrections, redemption, and rebirth, but it celebrates the love that Jesus Christ has and is strong enough to overcome death.
Why Baptism and Easter Make the Perfect Mix
Understandably so, many decide to celebrate Easter (Jesus’ miraculous resurrection) by going through their own rebirth (baptism), as a start to their new life in Christ.
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life.” — Romans 6:4 (NKJV)
Many people feel, just as Jesus received a new life, they too can begin again a new life, fresh and renewed in the eyes of God. Baptism allows them to wash away their sins and commit themselves to being a child of God, as they celebrate Jesus’ life during Easter with their renewed devotion for the Lord.
Easter is almost here! If you are interested in being baptized, talk to your local pastor about it in advance, to have time to plan or, in some cases, attend baptism classes if desired.
It is worth noting that baptism doesn’t have to take place on Easter, Holy Saturday, or a specific day. All it takes is an open heart and willingness to love God.
Whatever day you decide to get baptized, it’s a milestone to celebrate! Whether you are getting baptized or someone you know, you don’t want to let it go by without any recognition. You can commemorate the day with a thoughtful personalized baptism gift.
Below are a few customizable gift ideas for you.
This customizable baptism keepsake box reminds the owner of their special day while encouraging them to focus on God’s love for them wherever they may be. The 3.5” x 3” box reads, “May God bless you as you learn and grow and fill your heart with his love wherever you go.” Little memorabilia from the day of baptism can be kept safe inside this box for years to come. You can personalize the name and baptism date.
If you want a more masculine gift for an older person, this wall plaque might be for you. Standing 6”x8” tall, this plaque can be hung on the wall or displayed on a table. It reads, “May the grace of God shine upon you and may his love be with you always.” You can customize the name and baptism date.
Maybe instead of for the baptismal candidate, you’d like to give a gift to the godfather or godmother for their support and love. This is a rustic and chic plaque that gives a big thanks to the very special godparents. It reads, “I’m glad you are my godparents, someone to hold my hand, a friend if I should need one who will love and understand. I just want to say “Thank You,” as you really are the best. With you beside me through my life, I know that I’ve truly been blessed.” You can write their names on the bottom and include the baptism date or date they became godparents. This personalized 6” x 8” plaque is sure to please.
Another endearing gift for your godparents could be this wall cross that makes them feel loved. This 19”x 14” cross reads, “A Godparent is a gift sent from above, a guardian angel chosen with love.”
If you still haven't found a gift you like, we have more personalized baptism gifts ideas here as well as a collection of gifts you can view here.