Daily Lectionary: Genesis 2:4-25; Mark 1:29-4
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:6-7)
In the Name of + Jesus. Amen. They say that little boys are made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails. Little girls, of course, are made of sugar and spice. That may be. But, do you know what man was made of in the Garden of Eden? Water and the Spirit. Water plus dirt makes mud. Mud plus God's hands makes man. Man plus the Spirit makes a living being. By water and the Spirit man was made.
But, the warm and soft flesh of man turns back into brittle and dry dust when God is kicked out. Man did not want to be with his Creator but wanted to be like Him. That's the devil's trick and do you see where it led? Man would turn back into dust. And dust is just dead people. No more water and Spirit. The blessing of God turns into the curse of sin.
Until Jesus. Until the Spirit hovers over the waters of Mary's womb and the Son takes on flesh and becomes a man. Then this man Himself is baptized, sanctifying all water. Holy water flows from His pierced side as He dies to undo the curse. Now holy water is put upon your sinful flesh and you are born again, born from above by water and the Spirit. Life turned to death, man turned to dust. But now, when you die and become dust, your Baptism is God's promise that you will be raised as Jesus was, dust turning back into Spirit and water-soaked eternal life! In the Name of + Jesus. Amen.
Death, you cannot end my gladness; I am baptized into Christ! When I die, I leave all sadness To inherit paradise! Though I lie in dust and ashes Faith's assurance brightly flashes: Baptism has the strength divine To make life immortal mine. (LSB #594, st.4)
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