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11 January 2015

Sermon: The Baptism of Our Lord (Psalm)

11 January AD 2015
The First Sunday after the Epiphany, Series B

Title: The Lord’s Voice over the Waters (MP3 Audio)

Baptism Summary: If we’ve lived any time at all, we’ve likely experienced one or more jaw-dropping, knee-shaking, awesome, terrifying events. Violence natural and man-made surrounds us. When we think about it, we realize that we can plan for the worst — but must still realize that “worst” can be worse than we ever imagine.

If natural disaster and human wickedness weren’t powerful and terrifying enough, David today reminds us that God is even more powerful and more terrifying. Even His voice is enough to level forests, shake mountains, and command the waters.

Yet with us, God chooses to use His “inside voice,” for in Baptism, we are brought inside — into His presence, in His family, inside His temple. We know that His Son who heard the thundering words in Jordan’s water is also the Word of God made flesh.

Jesus heard God’s destructive, damning voice judging Him for our sins. With His own voice, He cried out to His Father not for His own rescue but for our forgiveness. Therefore, we know that we will on the Last Day hear His voice call us to live with the Triune God, with saints and angels. in life everlasting.

Jesus' Baptism Text: Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Psalm 29

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 The Lord’s Voice over the Waters.

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: Genesis 1:1-5; Romans 6:1-11; Mark 1:4-11

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