Wednesday of the 11th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 12:20-13:5, 33-34; 2 Corinthians 8:1-24

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God's command and combined with God's word. (Small Catechism: Baptism Part 1)

 

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We are not strays left to wander this world until death takes us. We are children of our heavenly Father by water and His Word, made alive, set in motion, sent to live and share the life of Christ.
You were born again in Baptism, which is new life given to you. You are being born anew each day. Each day is pregnant with the next, for you are going to the Father. That is His most trustworthy promise to you. Enlivened by God's Spirit, you go with Christ who promised, "I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no man can take your joy from you" (John 16:22).

That is life. Your life is bound up and joined with His. That is what Jesus is about. You are baptized into Jesus' life by your Baptism into His death. And to keep you strong in baptismal faith, He feeds you His Body and His Blood--the power of Jesus' resurrection in a Supper. That is Him given to you as dead for your sins in His Body broken, given to you as His Blood shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.
You live every second of your lives in the very presence of that judgment, that by Jesus' resurrection from the dead He absolves you of all sins. He promises you eternal life beyond bodily death. Jesus is what life is about. "He is the source of our righteousness and sanctification and redemption" (1 Corinthians 1:30). Our wisdom is Christ. Our Righteousness is Christ. Our Sanctification is Christ. Our Redemption is Christ. Our Life is Christ, today and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

 

The gifts flow from the font Where He calls us his own; New life He gives that makes Us His and His alone. Here He forgives our sins With water and His Word; The triune God Himself Gives pow'r to call Him Lord. (The Gifts Christ Freely Gives, LSB 602:2)


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