Wednesday of the 12th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 2 Kings 4:8-22, 32-37; Ephesians 5:15-33

What benefits does Baptism give? It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. (Small Catechism: Baptism, Part 2)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We often think worldly pleasures and enjoyments will make us happy and satisfy us, and so we chase after them like a thirsty animal chasing after fresh water. Then it all passes away. Everything will be counted as loss. And death will finally come for each of us, and it will be, by no means, accounted to anyone as gain.

But by Jesus' death in our name, and by our death in His Name, we have overcome the world, and we have been given the final victory by our Savior. In God's baptismal promise you and all God's children can rest, not in your heart's desires, which fade, wither, and wear out over time, but in the grace of God which works entirely by raising the dead. No uncertainties. No anxiety. Just God's abundant, unbreakable promise that, "We were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of God the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His" (Romans 6:3-5).

Now may the Lord of peace Himself, Jesus Christ, lead you through the darkness and dread of sin and death to peace, hope, and courage at all times in every way until He takes you from this vale of tears to Himself in heaven at the Last Day. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

We share by water in His saving death. Reborn we share with Him an Easter life As living members of a living Christ. (We Know That Christ Is Raised, LSB 603:2)

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