On this day, we celebrated Baptism of the Lord Sunday. In this passage, we read Matthew's story of Jesus' baptism, which has some unique parts not found in other versions: The biggest one is God's reaction.
In Matthew--God tells the world that Jesus is the beloved Son, with whom God is pleased--as opposed to God speaking directly to Jesus. It's a small, yet significant difference that changes the meaning of the passage. In this sermon, we look at that meaning, as well as the depth of the meaning of Baptism in our faith.
While it is a cleaning of sin, it is so much more than just that. When we understand the true meaning of this sacrament, we can better understand why Jesus was baptized at all!
Rev. CHRIS HOUTZ
Welcome to the pastor’s blog! This page will have sermons uploaded so you can listen to them whenever you want, and I will add a brief reflection on the text, the sermon, or a little bit of both. My hope is that you will be able to see that the Bible can still speak to our world today, and that we can always find a note of God’s grace in any passage, whether it is one of the most well-known and beloved passages, or one of the most difficult readings to grasp.
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