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16 January 2013

Sermon: Epiphany 1C (Epistle)

The Baptism of Our Lord
16 January AD 2013

Title: Dead and Alive (MP3 Audio)

Burial of Christ
Summary: In His baptism, Jesus took our sin upon Himself. In Christ’s body, through His crucifixion and burial, God killed and buried all mankind’s sins and evil desires. In Holy Baptism, God applies this death to us individually, sweeping our sins away in the cleansing flood, leaving them sealed in the tomb from which our Savior rose.

Baptism then also connects us to this resurrection, granting new life while we remain on earth and guaranteeing unending, sinless life forevermore to all believers when we are raised on the Last Day. Therefore, Baptism makes us both dead and alive — dead to sin but alive in Christ.

The New Man knows no condemnation and needs no commands, he is free to live and love others as Christ lives and loves him. Unfortunately, the fallen Old Adam must still hear the Law’s warnings and threats lest he gain ascendancy and overthrow the salvation won and given by our Lord. So we are freed not to sin and to defile ourselves and shame our Savior but free to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Infant Baptism
Text: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 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.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:1-11

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Dead and Alive, preached to the saints of God at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Ernestville, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 29; Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 3:15-22

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