In the days of the early church, baptism was a multi-year process of study, character formation, and fasting. Then, on Easter, the candidates went under the water three times—in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
What does it mean to go under the water? What does it mean to die with Christ? What sort of wet baptismal clothes do we need to take off in order to live this eternal kind of life?