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Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ.
But Christ has taken the punishment upon use, transforming what was a symbol of condemnation into one of salvation.
The flood and water imagery is not actually opposed to that of the desert. In a sense, we are called to follow Christ in reverse order during Lent: He was baptized in the Jordan then went out into the desert.
We, on the other hand, fight our temptations during Lent in order that we might cross the Jordan.
(This does actually follow the sequence of the exodus account: for Israel the wandering in the desert ended with the crossing of the Jordan and then then entrance into the Promised Land.) There is so much that happens over Easter Weekend.
The vigil alone is overwhelming in its beauty, mystery, and spiritual power.