Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 10:12-27, 33-34; 2 Peter 1:1-21

What does such baptizing with water indicate? It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

(The Small Catechism: Baptism, Part 4)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Christ came and took on your flesh. He became like you in every way. He lived His life for you. He was betrayed into the hands of sinners for you and suffered for your sins. He died on the cross. After three days, He rose from the dead.

You are the baptized. You’ve been born from above in the water and the Spirit. You have received by faith Christ’s holy life. In Baptism, you suffered with Christ, were crucified with Him, died with Him, and were buried with Him. In the water and the Word, God raised you with Him and seated you in the heavenly places by faith in Him.

What’s true of Jesus is true of you by faith. He’s saved. You are saved in Him. He’s holy. You are holy. He’s the Righteous One. You are righteous. He reigns. You will reign in Him on the Last Day.

You don’t feel holy. You look at yourself and don’t see yourself righteous. And pure? You are so not pure all by yourself. And even if you did feel holy, righteous, and pure by yourself, God’s Law says you are a sinner, deserving nothing but punishment.

That’s the Advent gift for you today: repentance and forgiveness. Your life is spent every day drowning your old way of living and all that is true of you outside of Jesus in the waters of your Baptism. In this way,  all that is true of you in Jesus might be lived out for others. You die to yourself, confessing your sins, so that He might raise you daily from the dead in your Baptism for others: to put them first, to meet their needs before your needs, to love as God has loved you in the giving up of His only-begotten Son for you.

Live your life as a baptized child of God, confessing your sins and receiving forgiveness. Try to be a better person for others. Confess when you aren’t. Receive forgiveness in Jesus. This is the Christian life! Believe that Jesus has saved you, and love those around you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt

 St. Paul writes in Romans, chapter six: “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4 (The Small Catechism: Baptism, Part 4)

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