Baptism is a means of entry into Christian community. But it is not only that. Remember your baptism? I don't.
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Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley.
January 10, 2016 - Baptism of our Lord
"Our Baptism". Text is from Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Good morning to you my sisters and brothers in Christ, saints and sinners, children of God.
Well, it feels like we've gotten out of the wondrous Christmas season and no sooner are have we finished with the accounts of Christ's birth that we jump full force into Jesus's ministry. With a hearken back to part of an account we read in Advent, one in which John the Baptist makes his important prophecy about the coming Messiah, we come full circle, because that reading was, in fact what brings us to Jesus's own baptism. Which is a baptism like no other baptism.
Like many others, we see that Jesus was baptized in the midst of a time when other people were being baptized, putting Jesus in the midst of humanity, and emphasizing the fact that Baptism is a community event. However, it's important to emphasize once again that the baptisms that were done by John, in fact all of the baptisms done in those days were done out of repentance to declare a human being free from sin. It was done in order that their enmity be washed away and that they become new persons.