Baptism of Our Lord

 Sermon Text: Romans 6:1-11

 Other Readings: Isaiah 49:1-6 and Mark 1:4-11


 

  1. Paul keeps referring to Jesus as “Christ.” Why is that such an appropriate term for Jesus, especially in light of Jesus’s baptism (Mark 1:4-11)?
     
  2. St. Paul says that our baptisms connect us to Christ. If we are connected to Christ, what does God say about us? Confer Mark 1:11.
     
  3. Baptism is not just for the beginning of life. It’s also for the end of life. Explain, based on Romans 6:5,8,9.
     
  4. In order to have a baptism, there needs to be an application of water and the words “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The word matters, not the amount of water. But there is a tradition of submerging people under water when they are baptized. Use Romans 6:3,4 to explain the neat symbolism behind submersion baptism.

 


  1. Christ means “anointed one,” and the physical actions of baptism resemble the anointing of oil done to kings and priests in the Old Testament. But we’re also told in Acts 10:38 that Jesus was “anointed with the Holy Spirit and power.” We cannot help but think of Jesus’s baptism while reflecting on those words.
     
  2. He says that we are his children and that he is well pleased with us because of Christ!
     
  3.  Baptism is our assurance that death will not have power over us. We will enter eternal life with God, and our bodies will be raised, just as Jesus’s was.
     
  4. Submersion baptism can recall the truths that through baptism we are truly buried with Christ into death and that baptism raises us to new a new life of faith through Jesus.