Today’s Reading: Exodus 34:29-35
Daily Lectionary: Job 7:1-21; John 4:7-26
“The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. It’s all about the water. From the Spirit hovering over the waters of creation, to Noah and his family being saved from the waters of the flood in the ark, to Israel crossing the Red Sea on dry ground, God has used water to save His people.
Jesus continues to use water in order to save His people. He did not come for the healthy, but rather for the sick. He did not come for the clean, but for those who are filthy with all manner of sin. No sin is too dark, too deep, or too severe for Him to wash away. He meets the woman at the well in her sins, and rather than sentencing her to death, He promises her water that brings forth eternal life.
Jesus met you in your sins at the font, where the Spirit hovered over the waters of your Baptism, and He placed you into His death in order to raise you to eternal life in Him. You are kept safe in the ark of the Church. The flood of Baptism washes away your sins just as the flood of the Red Sea washed away Pharoah’s armies. It’s all in the water AND the Word! No matter what happens, your Father will keep you safe, sustained, and enlivened in Jesus–the fountain of all goodness. You are baptized, you are a child of God. It’s all there in the water, attached to God’s promise. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf
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. (God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It, LSB 594:3)