Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Romans 6:3-4: Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Your child is playing with his friends. They see a mud puddle. They can't help themselves. They have to jump in the mud puddle, scattering water and dirt all over the place and all over them. They are happy and having fun. Until...
Your child walks in the door, trailing mud and gunk into your house. You see it. You yell, "Stop right there! Do not take another step!" Your child is soaked in mud from head to toe, laughing and having a good time. You can't help but smile. "Take off you clothes right there and then go into the bathroom. You need a bath."
And we need a bath. Not a bath that takes mud and gunk off of the body. We need a bath that God gives that connects us to Jesus.
Holy Baptism is a bath that has eternal benefits. Let's put it this way. Jesus died on the cross. By means of that death, Jesus forgave our sins and washed away all of our sins. Through Holy Baptism, we are linked not only to the forgiveness of sins that Jesus gave through His death. We are also intimately joined to Jesus' resurrection and the new life that it gives both in this lifetime as well as the eternal lifetime. So Holy Baptism is an additional means that God gave to receive life and forgiveness from God.
So it's time to bathe for those of you who haven't been baptized yet. If you have questions, please send a reply to this post. Let's talk. Thank You God, for this wonderful bath.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.