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Thursday of Lent 2

February 22, 2008

Thursday of Lent 2                     Marcy Funeral Home
21 February 2008                      Ashland, NE

Prayer Service:  Kenneth Louis Roeber

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Romans 6:3-9

The Lord Jesus died for Kenneth.  Did the Good Friday for him.  And for you.  The Lord Jesus rose for Kenneth.  Did the Easter Sunday for him.  And for you.  The salvation job.  33 A.D.

After Jesus rose from the dead He mandated that all nations be baptized in the Triune Name (Matthew 28).  And so Louis and Eva brought their infant son to Immanuel Lutheran Church in July of 1914.  The pastor baptized Kenneth according to the Lord’s mandate and institution.  Baptized in God’s Name, Kenneth was baptized by the Lord Himself.  After all, the Lord’s there with His Name doing and giving what He promises.   

At the font Jesus gave Kenneth the only death that atones for his, yours and all sin.  His Good Friday death on the Cross.  “Baptized into His death,” the text says.  “Buried with Christ through baptism into death.”  The big death for Kenneth took place in his Baptism.  Hooked with Christ’s all sin forgiving death with the water and the Triune Name.  “The death Jesus died, he died to sin once for all.”  And that was given to Kenneth at his Baptism.  There he died with Christ.  Buried in Christ’s death!     

Why?  “In order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father we too may live a new life.”  The new life is:  FAITH.  Faith only in Jesus who died for Kenneth and for you.  Faith that speaks only about what Jesus did:  “He died for me.”  “He rose for me.”  “I am baptized.”   That’s how faith talks.  And that’s how Kenneth talked.

United with Christ’s death in Holy Baptism, Kenneth “was no longer a slave to sin.”  Kenneth was “freed from sin” in Holy Baptism.  For Jesus’ sake Kenneth’s sins were not counted against him.  For on that Friday we call good Jesus paid for the wages of Kenneth’s sin in full.

So now what?  We wait patiently.  The Holy Spirit filled forgiveness of sins given in Holy Baptism bears great fruit.  Patiently we wait to see more of our Lord’s giving that began at Kenneth’s Baptism:  the long haul benefits for his body.  And for that there’s the text’s promise.  Listen again:  “If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will CERTAINLY also be united with him in his resurrection.”  “CERTAINLY!”  That means there’s no doubt.  It will happen.  Kenneth’s body will be raised from his grave on the Last Day when the crucified but resurrected Jesus says:  “Kenneth, come out!”

Only Jesus can say such a thing.  Only Jesus can do such a thing with His words.  After all, He’s the One who is The Death Master.  He put death to death in His bloody dying and magnificent rising from the dead.  And so, “Death no longer has mastery over him.”  Nor over Kenneth.

And so faith confesses precisely what the text says:  “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”  After all, what Jesus did — Good Friday and Easter Sunday — counts for Kenneth — and for you.  Kenneth had that promise.  And so do you —  you who are baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. “We believe that we will also live with him.” 

In the Name of Jesus. 

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