Readings: Psalms 88, 91, 92, 95, Jeremiah 11:1-20, Romans 6:1-11, John 8:33-47
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 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.
6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Paul tells us here, quite succinctly, what happens in Baptism. We go down into the water and die to the flesh, die to sin, die with Christ, and rise up from the water into His Resurrection Life. This is very Good News!
This Easter Sunday we will welcome 8 new believers into the fellowship of Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Please keep them and their families in your prayers, along with 7 others who will be Confirmed by our Bishop. Let us pray for: Nathaniel, Locke, Rosie, Noah, Isaac, Elisha, Chen Chi, Paul, Dania Daniel, Michael, William, Chara, Jerusha, and Joshua.
Grant, Lord God, to all who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, that, as we have put away the old life of sin, so we may be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen