Baptism of Our Lord
13 January 2019
Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
St. Matthew 3.15
In His Baptism, Jesus Takes His Place with Sinners
Our Lord Jesus is baptized “to fulfill all righteousness” (St. Matthew 3.13–17). He partakes of a baptism for sinners in order that He might be our substitute and bear the judgment we deserve. In the water, Jesus trades places with us. Our sin becomes His sin. His righteousness becomes our righteousness. Our glory, therefore, is in “Christ Jesus, who became to us . . . righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1.26–31). Jesus is the “chosen” One sent from the Father to release us from the prison house of sin and death (Isaiah 42.1–7). Baptized into Christ, we also become the chosen ones, beloved of the Father. We cross the Jordan with Jesus (Joshua 3) through death into the promised land of new life with God.
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Jack Casassa.
Symposia at Concordia Theological Seminary—Fort Wayne Pastor, Kantor, and Vicar will be out-of-town attending the symposia this week. The thirty-fourth annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology is “Soaring like an Eagle: Themes in the Gospel of John” and the forty-second annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions is “The Leipzig Debate: The Meaning of Biblical Authority.”
Prepare for Next Sunday
Exodus 33.12–23; Romans 12.6–16; St. John 2.1–11
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O + God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia!
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. John 1.29-34; Genesis 8.1-22
[T] St. John 1.35-42; Genesis 11.1-9
[W] St. John 1.43-51; Genesis 12.1-20
[Th] St. Luke 4.1-13; Genesis 13.1-18
[F] St. Mark 1.12-15; Genesis 14.1-24
[S] St. Matthew 4.12-17; Genesis 15.1-21
Hymn of the Day or Month To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord (406)
Kyrie: L Lord, have mercy upon us; R Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Collect of the Day (bulletin)
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
L Bless we the Lord. R Thanks be to God.