The Baptism of Our Lord, January 7, 2018

Old Testament: Gen. 1:1-5

Epistle: Rom. 6:1-11

Gospel: Mark 1:4-11

The Baptism of Our Lord

Yesterday, January 6th, was Epiphany, when the church celebrates the manifestation of Christ to all people. The baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ is another kind of epiphany, for hear we hear a visible and audible manifestation of the Trinity, the Father who speaks, the Son who stands in the Jordan River, and the Holy Spirit who descends like a dove (Gospel). In His baptism Jesus truly identifies with all of us, for He now participates with us in our sinful condition as One who has no sin, and as One who then takes on all our sin in exchange for His righteousness (Epistle, Gospel). Jesus receives the Holy Spirit and is anointed as God’s Holy One in order to accomplish this purpose, to save His people (Introit, Collect). At the baptism of Jesus the heavens are opened to all believers, who are inheritors with Him of everlasting life (Gospel, Collect).

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