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  04:09:00 pm, by Pastor Plagenz   , 373 words  
Categories: Devotions


The following devotion was written by Pastor Phil Janke, Winnebago Lutheran Academy

"In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.  The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid” (Psalm 118:5, 6a).

Jesus’ baptism is one of my favorite accounts of Jesus’ life.  Why?  Because that was one of our Savior’s ways of showing, “I’m here with you.  I’m here for you.”  You see, Jesus didn’t need to be baptized…at least not for the reasons you and I needed to be baptized.  He didn’t inherit his mother’s sin because he was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit.  He also never committed any sin.  He is perfect!  I, on the other hand, have receive my parents’ sin.  Now it’s my own, and I’ve done more than enough to prove it.  So, I needed to be baptized.  I needed to have my sin and guilt washed away.  I needed to have faith created in my heart that trusts God’s promises.  Jesus didn’t need baptism to do that.  I did.  So did you.  But since we needed that, Jesus said, “I’ll be baptized, too.”  By being baptized, he would fulfill what needed to be done.  He took up my cause and yours.  He saw our sad condition and said by his baptism, “I’m here with them.  I’m here for them.”

Did Jesus know that that meant he would suffer and die?  Did he know that because he identified with sinful human beings (although he himself was sinless) that he would suffer for it?  Did he know that taking up our cause would lead to his death?  Yes.  In fact, that is who was crying out to the LORD for help in Psalm 118.  When his enemies were pursuing him and causing his suffering which culminated on the cross, he cried to the Lord for help.

The LORD helped him.  The LORD rescued him.  The LORD was with him.  And because Jesus was victorious over sin and Satan and the grave, so is everyone who trusts in him.

Because of that good news, the lonely person no longer needs to feel lonely.  The struggling person can have renewed strength.  The person with a guilty conscience can find peace.  So you, too.

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