Easter 2 (Baptism of Kaitlyn Marie Lavington)
Second Sunday of Easter Trinity Lutheran Church
15 April 2012 Murdock, NE
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Baptism of Kaitlyn Marie Lavington
“They brought young children to Jesus! So that He could touch them! Bless them!”
And that’s when the disciples step in! They would take over. Take charge. They take the parents aside and get in the parents’ faces. “Get these babies away from Jesus! He doesn’t have time for this! He has more important things to do than to bless children!”
The disciples are not in charge. Jesus is. He’s the Savior, not them! Jesus is the Savior of all: adults, senior citizens, teens, tweens, in betweens, and yes, even the babies! All are sinners. All have need of the Savior Jesus. Keep anyone away from Him and you’ll get Jesus fired up. “Greatly displeased!” I could use some other colorful words to describe just how “greatly displeased” Jesus is with His disciples, but my language wouldn’t be appropriate.
Jesus will have the last word. “Let the little children come to Me! Don’t ever keep them away from me!” Why? Here’s why! “For of such is the kingdom of God.” In other words Jesus categorically declares: “I’ve come for them too! They need the reign of my forgiveness just like every other sinner! They are very precious to me. Don’t ever keep them away from me!”
Then Jesus turns everything upside down. The opposite of the way everyone thinks and operates. Check it out: “Whoever doesn’t not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it!”
Incredible! Salvation received not as an adult but as a little child! Little children are passive. They simply receive what they are given. They suffer it. The kingdom of God – Jesus and all His gifts – salvation — are given! Given by Jesus.
Tim and Sabrina brought Kaitlyn Marie to Jesus today! For Holy Baptism! I don’t think anyone here tried to pull off what the disciples did! Didn’t tell them to get lost and keep their child away from Jesus. Thankfully, we all welcomed Tim and Sabrina and said: “Good that you’re here! The crucified and risen Jesus reigns here. Always ready to bestow His reign of forgiveness on sinners no matter what their age. Jesus died for all. He died for you. He died for Kaitlyn Marie.”
In Holy Baptism Jesus took her into His arms and blessed her. Blessed her with the salvation or forgiveness that He won for her and for all on the cross. Washed her clean. Gave her a new birth from above with the water and the Holy Spirit. Brought her into His reign of salvation with the Triune Name!
Notice who was doing all the verbs! Jesus! Not Kaitlyn Marie. She was simply on the receiving end of all that Jesus gives. Kaitlyn did nothing at all! Jesus did everything! That’s the way of salvation’s achievement at Calvary! That’s the way it is with salvation’s bestowal in Holy Baptism. Jesus does it all. Jesus gives it all. We are only on the receiving end of what He does and gives.
No wonder Jesus says: “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Happy Baptism Day Kaitlyn Marie!
In the Name of Jesus.