8:34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.
Man I love this story. I love the simplicity of it. I love God's passion for this one searching man. I love Philip's willingness to share Jesus with anyone, anywhere, anytime. I love the prerequisite for the eunuchs baptism. As soon as he realizes who Jesus is and what He has done he immediately wants to be baptised. As soon as he sees water he csn no longer contain himself. Not sure what the process is he asks Philip. These men have never met until this day. Philip doesn't know him. Lead by the Spirit of God Philip asks the only question that matters. "Do you believe with all your heart? If you do you may."
The man who's name we never find out says "I do. I believe Jesus Christ (Messiah) is the Son of God."
Without hesitation Philip leads him down into the water and after sealing his new relationship with Jesus in the waters of baptism Philip is caught away and the Eunuch returns home.
This story speaks to me of how we tend to over complicate things. We want to make sure couples are ready to get married and that individuals are ready to get baptised. We forget that the foundation is not preparedness but belief and commitment. Two committed people who believe in marriage will far out last another couple who is perhaps prepared but lacks that belief in two becoming one for life. No one knows when they enter any relationship what the future holds. When I read Hebrews 11 two things become crystal clear. One is that the men and women of faith described there are in two distinct groups. Some by faith had lives of great victory. The others faced great opposition, some imprisonment, and some death. By worldly standards they were soundly defeated. The other clear truth is that no two of them walked identical paths.
For a brief time Philip and the Eunuch walked together. It's highly likely they never saw each other again. It's also a guarantee that their walks with Jesus were very different. We are not told how either of their earthly journeys ended. It matters not really. When Jesus' voice booms through our galaxy like the sound of a trumpet and the dead who went to sleep believing He would return hear His voice both of them will wake up. Both of them will see the face of the One who died for them. Their faith will be rewarded and they will go Home.
It's really so simple. "I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God and I will follow wherever He leads me."
If this is what you believe nothing hinders you from being baptised.