Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
January 13, 2019
Matthew 3:13-17 “Baptism of Our Lord Sunday”
Why did Jesus, whom we proclaim as Lord and Savior, need to be baptized? Most scholars look at Jesus’ baptism as a call to service. If that is the case, does our baptism stand as a call to serve God?
What does this call look like?
- It is a call to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Do the teachings of Jesus mean something or not? If we continue into Matthew Chapters 5 and 6, are these teachings a way to serve our God? Do the Ten Commandments give us a path to living by God’s will? If so, we will not blend in! God is calling us through our baptismal promise to a life of service. A life of responding to God’s grace.
- Our baptism is also our identity. We are children of God, adopted by God in Jesus’ death and resurrection. We live in the promise of God’s presence with us. Each and every day we die to our sinfulness and are made anew in the forgiveness of Jesus. “I am your God and you are my child.”
On this Baptism of Our Lord Sunday Jesus answered the call. Today we, too, are answering the call. The call to serve, to be different, and to live by the faith that we are God’s child. Amen.