Baptism puts us squarely into the significance of Easter, Christ, and the Christian life. When I spoke to you a year ago on the Lord's Supper in the New Testament, it was possible for me to deal at length with every passage in the New Testament that mentions the Lordly Meal. It is quite different with baptism. It is found frequently in New Testament texts-many of them. Indeed, one can say that baptism is more significant to the New Testament church than is the Lord's Supper. We can almost set up a proportion: Baptism is to the early church as the Lord's Supper is to today's church.
Krentz, Edgar, "Christianity's Boundary-Making Bath: The New Testament Meaning of Baptism, the Sacrament of Unity" (1996). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. Paper 73.