This confounded Nicodemus at first, but in the end he knew it to be true. Those who enter the kingdom of God are not those who work for it. We are brought into the kingdom by the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word.
God saved us when He sent His Son Jesus to die and rise for our sins. He applies that salvation to us – each and all – through the washing of Holy Baptism. In Holy Baptism, our sins were washed away. Our old evil nature, called the Old Adam, was drowned and died, and we received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The chosen one would be a sign of God’s good will toward mankind, His desire to love and forgive. This chosen one would open the eyes of the blind and bring the prisoners out of the dark dungeons. At Jesus’ Baptism, God the Father speaks and shows us that His chosen one is Jesus.
The goodness and kindness of the eternal God has broken forth into our own time and our own lives. By it, we have been made heirs of the hope of eternal life.
“Beloved, we are God’s children now.”
Text: Matthew 5:17-26 In John 3, the Pharisee Nicodemus came to visit our Lord under the cover of night. As a member of the Pharisees near the beginning of our Lord’s ministry, he couldn’t be seen taking a positive attitude toward our Lord; yet, he desired to hear more from Him, so he went byContinue reading “Altogether Different”
Text: Matthew 3:13-17 Today we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ by John in the Jordan River. Sometime toward the end of John the Baptist’s ministry, Jesus came out to him to be baptized; and, when He had come up from the water, God the Father and the Holy Spirit proclaimed the GospelContinue reading “One With Us, One with Him”
Text: Mark 7:14-23 “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” You may have heard these words before or had them pass through your own mouth. With these words we express that the measure of a person is what’s inside them. The measure of a man is not his clothes, job, possessions or income; it’s notContinue reading “It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts”