Christ’s Baptism and the Gospel

What a great service we had again at our church. Military chaplain the Rev. Keith Lingsch was our guest preacher, and his sermon on Christ’s baptism, commemorated on this day of the
Epiphany, gave me epiphanies of my own.

He pointed out that John’s was baptism explicitly for SINNERS. (“Repent! Flee the wrath to come!”) So no wonder he was surprised that Jesus wanted this baptism. But Jesus’s baptism marked His identification with sinners and His taking their sins into Himself. “A sinner’s baptism prefigured a sinner’s death.”

This would have been plenty for a good sermon, but then Rev. Lingsch built up to this epiphany: Because of this exchange, what God said of Christ’s baptism applies now to YOU and YOUR baptism. The heavens open for YOU. The Holy Spirit descends on YOU. God in His Word says, ” YOU are my beloved son. In YOU I am well well pleased.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • fw

    YES!

  • fw

    YES!

  • fw

    Could a Calvinist preach this sermon without reservation?

  • fw

    Could a Calvinist preach this sermon without reservation?

  • http://4scores.blogspot.com Cap Stewart

    Dr. Veith: sounds like an excellent sermon!

    fw: I don’t see why not.

  • http://4scores.blogspot.com Cap Stewart

    Dr. Veith: sounds like an excellent sermon!

    fw: I don’t see why not.

  • fw

    Dr Vieth:

    I don´t know how else to get at you, but understand that you did your Doctoral on Herbert. This article by stanley fish seems to be a very good presentation of the christian attitude towards the humanities and I don´t think fish is even a christian….

    http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/?th&emc=th

    I am DYING to know what you think about this…..

  • fw

    Dr Vieth:

    I don´t know how else to get at you, but understand that you did your Doctoral on Herbert. This article by stanley fish seems to be a very good presentation of the christian attitude towards the humanities and I don´t think fish is even a christian….

    http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/?th&emc=th

    I am DYING to know what you think about this…..

  • fw

    #3 Cap Stewart

    I guess my real question was WOULD a calvinist naturally think to do a sermon with this content? see this….

    http://www.ctsfw.edu/events/symposia/papers/sym2007cary.pdf

  • fw

    #3 Cap Stewart

    I guess my real question was WOULD a calvinist naturally think to do a sermon with this content? see this….

    http://www.ctsfw.edu/events/symposia/papers/sym2007cary.pdf


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