But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. In the beginning the earth was formless and void and darkness covered the face of the deep. God spoke into the darkness and said, “Let there be light” and there was light. Order out of chaos. Something out of nothing. Light out of darkness. That’s how the Lord worked in Genesis.
That’s also how Christ works in each of us. We were children of the dark, shrouded by the night of sin. We lived in chaos and rebellion against our Creator. Then Christ came like a thief in the night and spoke a creative word: “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Let there be a child of God. Let there be forgiveness, light, and salvation. Let there be life. And behold, God saw what He had made and it was very good.
Baptism is your re-Genesis. Baptism creates faith in you from nothing. Baptism brings you Jesus’ death and resurrection, for it was upon the cross that Jesus took your sinful chaos and made it His own. Jesus died under the cover of darkness to bring you into His glorious light. Jesus hung on the cross in naked humiliation in order to clothe you with the breastplate of faith and love. Jesus took His crown of thorns and twisted it into a helmet of hope and salvation for you.
You are a child of the day—the endless day of Christ’s resurrection. You belong to Christ. That’s why you live differently compared to many of your friends at school or the people you see on TV. That’s why you get up early on Sunday morning to go to Divine Service instead of sleeping in, or why you find comfort in Jesus’ promises, even in the midst of this sin-darkened world. For your life is not found in the darkness, but in the light of Christ’s death and resurrection. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day, Thou drivest night and gloom away; O Light of Light, whose Word doth show The light of heav’n to us below. (O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day, LSB 882:1)