Something that I learned in life after baptism, as I sought to live the life of the good Christian and grow in union with God, is that baptism is more than something that we receive. It is a promise to be kept to the Lord. The promise to, despite our failures and our weakness, continue to thrive in the Spirit and pursue his grace and kingdom. When Christ received his own baptism, He made and fulfilled the perfect promise without fail even to the smallest degree. While this is not something that we can perfectly replicate, it is something we can prayerfully hope to imitate.