Proper 24 Immanuel
Proper 24 Immanuel Lutheran Church
19 October 2008 Louisville, NE
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St. Mark 16:16
Baptism of William Robert Staben
Are you baptized? William is. The Triune Name and water applied to him at the font. Just as Jesus mandated in Matthew 28. William is baptized. Well, are you? Of course you are.
Check out the promise that goes with Holy Baptism. It may just blow your mind. It’s quite outrageous. Quite scandalous. And yet, for you — most comforting.
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”
Who makes this promise? The pastor? The congregation? The district office? No. THIS IS THE PROMISE OF JESUS HIMSELF! To whom all authority in heaven and on earth has been given. Jesus, Almighty God in the flesh, gives this promise.
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” William, this is Christ’s promise to you! Baptized members of Immanuel, this is Christ’s promise to you as well! Jesus is speaking to you with these words. This is a divine heavenly promise from Jesus for you.
“Saved,” Jesus says. Saved is salvation. That’s a divine rescue. Only Jesus saves. From all sin. From death. From the hellish power of the devil. It’s all from Jesus to you. Pure gift from Savior Jesus. It’s all up to Him.
And He does what He says. He gives what He promises.
What’s Jesus’ promise? “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”
William was in no position to save himself. An infant is no match for the powers of sin, death and the devil. And neither were any of you.
So Jesus comes to the rescue. Does His Good Friday Calvary salvation job. Takes all sin in His Body. William’s. Yours. Mine. Then suffers all its punishment. Death. Damnation. Yes, that’s right damnation. All of hell’s punishment. Unleashed on crucified Jesus as He bears your sin. In your place. For you.
And now Jesus wants you to share in the benefits of His Good Friday dying.
That brings us once again to the font. And the promise Jesus makes: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” To William. To you.
Would you dare to argue with Jesus? Would you dare to contradict His promise? If you want to Jesus has some harsh words for you: “Whoever does not believe will be condemned.” If that’s what you want, then that’s what you’ll get.
But Jesus doesn’t. He died for William and for you. Rose from the grave for William and for you. Achieved and won salvation. And now His word of promise: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”
He won’t ever go back on that promise! You can always hold Him to His promise.
What a Savior!
Happy Baptism Day William! Happy living in Jesus’ promise William and dear baptized members of Immanuel.
In the Name of Jesus.