Now how do we get hold of Christ? How do we get the benefit of that righteous life of His?—It is in the act of death. At what point is it that we touch Christ, and make the connection? At what point in the ministry of Christ is it that He touches us, and affects the union?—It is at the lowest possible point where man can be touched, and that is death. In all points He is made like His brethren, so He takes the very lowest of these,—the point of death,—and there it is, when we are actually dead, that we step into Christ.
The ceremony of baptism is simply the symbol of Christ's death and resurrection. Says Paul, in (Galations 3:27),
"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ." In Romans he says: "As many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into His death." But if we died with Christ, we are bound and certain to live again; for Christ is alive. Here we can forcibly apply the words of Peter in (Acts 2:24) `Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.' It was utterly impossible that death should hold Christ. Therefore if we die with Him, and in our death are united with Him, we shall also live with Him. The great thought around which the whole Bible clusters, is the death and resurrection of Christ.