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Kaizlee Rose Roeber Baptism

June 2, 2013

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Proper 4 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)       Trinity Lutheran Church

2 June 2013                                                               Murdock, NE

+ Jesu Juva +

Mark 10:13-16

Baptism of Kaizlee Rose Roeber

Well, there she is.  Little Kaizlee Rose.  A Do Nothing.  Total slacker, if you will.  Like a bump on a log.  Can’t talk.  Can’t walk.  Can’t do anything — unless you count sleeping, crying, or filling her pants.  She’s utterly dependent on her parents.  They have to do everything for her.  Or what will happen?

Why is she here then?

To do something?  To give something to the Lord?  Surely the Lord needs a gift from her today, right?  Her heart?  Her life?

Not hardly!  The Lord doesn’t need anything and we’ve just observed that she can’t do a thing let alone give anything.  Not only is Kaizlee dependent on her parents, she’s also completely dependent on Jesus.

Did I just say that?  Yes, I did!  I dare to preach it!  Despite all the blow back and static!  Kaizlee is completely dependent on Jesus — for her salvation!  No different than you or me!

Jesus did the Good Friday!  He’s the one who categorically proclaimed:  “It [the salvation job] is finished!”  (John 19:30).  He did the Easter Sunday.  He does the whole enchilada of salvation for sinners.  While we were yet sinners …  He dies for the ungodly – for His enemies (Romans 5:6,10)!  Jesus does the salvation verbs.  Kaizlee doesn’t.  Kaizlee and all of you are in the same boat.  We are all dead, damned sinners.  Jesus is the Savior.  Entirely.  Absolutely.

Do you remember what God the Father told us at the Mount when Jesus was transfigured before your very eyes?  He said:  “Listen to him [Jesus]!  He’s my Son.  I’ve chosen Him as the Savior.” (Luke 9:35).  So, Levi and Darcy carried their little daughter here today because of the Lord’s bidding: “Let the little children come to me.  Don’t keep them away from me!  My divine reign of salvation is for them too!  I’ve come not just to bless the adults but the kids too!  That’s why I’ve also mandated that all nations be baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Would you, like the disciples, dare to tell Levi and Darcy to get lost and show them the door?  “Don’t let it hit you…!”  Would you join the twelve in their desperate attempts to keep Kaizlee away from Jesus? How would you justify that?  What kind of excuses would you give?  Anything you say would contradict Jesus!  And really infuriate Him!

Jesus didn’t say:  “Keep the little children away from me.”  Instead:  “Bring them here – TO ME!”

You’d better stick with His words.  His sermon.  His preaching.  His promises.  “Bring the children to me!  I came to die for them too!”

Learn from the centurion in the Holy Gospel.  “Just say the word Jesus!”

You’ve heard the Lord’s word.  Listen to Him!

So Dad and Mom bring Kaizlee to Jesus.  For Holy Baptism according to His mandate.  What’s that?  Some of you still object:  “But she didn’t do anything!”

BINGO!  That’s the whole point!  Jesus did.  Calvary.  Empty Tomb.  Salvation won for Kaizlee and for you by Jesus.  Calvary’s salvation delivered by the Holy Trinity at the font.  After all, “to be baptized in God’s Name is to be baptized by God Himself,” (Large Catechism).  He is there with His Name – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  With His divine Name He gives HIMSELF TO THE BAPTIZED WHOLLY AND COMPLETELY WITH ALL THAT HE IS AND HAS!  So, today, at the font, God gave His Name to Kaizlee.  “And where God’s name is there must be life and salvation.” (Large Catechism)  No wonder then that Jesus promises:  “Whoever believe and is baptized will be saved.” (Mark 16:16).

What you witnessed today was truly miraculous.  Kaizlee did nothing.  She couldn’t.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit did everything.  Holy Baptism is “God own act” (Large Catechism) – His doing and giving.  The triune God is at work according to His Word with the water bestowing His saving Name on a little sinner.  Kaizlee was simply given to!  Just like you were when you received the gift of Holy Baptism.

Faith is passive!  Faith receives. Faith is entirely reliant on Jesus.  Faith suffers what Jesus says and gives. His dying and rising for you.  His Name given to you in Holy Baptism.

Kaizlee passively received what Jesus gave her today.  To use the language of the kids in school – Kaizlee is one of One of Christ’s homeboys.  A homie.  One of Christ’s hangers on.  Who does nothing.  She just mooches off of Jesus.  Hangs on and around Jesus for salvation.  Now perhaps you can understand and believe what Jesus says:  “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

“No greater faith” in all of Israel, Murdock, or the world than to receive what Jesus gives in His Word.  Especially His Word of promise hooked with the water of your Baptisms.

Happy Baptism Day Kaizlee!  May your Baptism bear much fruit in your life.  That is to say, always hanging on and around Jesus.  Listening to Him.  “Just say the Word,” Jesus.  And dittos for the rest of you – the baptized – here at Trinity today.

In the Name of Jesus.

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