getting out the WORD - the resurrection of our lord PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
"In baptism our gracious heavenly Father frees us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Evangelical Lutheran Worship
"Holy Baptism"

Sunday was a special day! Yes, it was Easter. But it was, even more, the day our granddaughter was baptized! Freed from sin and death! Joined to the dying and rising of Christ! Born a child of a fallen humanity; reborn a child of god! A lot happened in those three shellfuls of water! But after it was over, I wondered...

How much had really changed? How "new" was Emma? Or, for that matter, how was god any different? As far as we could see, she was the same three-month-old we'd carried forward. Still fussed. Still cried. Still depended on us. And god? Well, how much more could god possibly love her now that she was baptized? How much more saved could she get? Even if she'd been dunked in an ocean or lived a hundred years, I can't believe that god could do any more than what god had, already, done!

No, Emma was saved not on Easter morning, but two thousand years ago, on a dusty hilltop, outside the walls of Jerusalem. Saved right from the start! Loved from the very beginning! And maybe, this past weekend, god just, finally, got around to letting her - and us - know all about it!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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