37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:37-41)
Why did so many people take baptism?
Peter’s words accused them, because they had shouted for God’s appointed Messiah to be crucified. They wanted to be washed clean of that crime.
Peter said, ‘You must repent (spyod pa ngan pa spangs+ nas sems sgyur) and be baptised. The Lord God is calling you to himself.’
The washing of baptism is a picture of God’s clearing of all our sin. If we are baptized in Yeshu Mashiga’s name it shows that we believe and accept his dying for our forgiveness. We make him our Lord. Then also God will help us to live a new life (thar bar ‘sgyur) by giving us his Holy Spirit.
“Save yourselves”, said Peter, by being baptized.