June 16th, 2019

Read: MATTHEW 28:16-20 & PSALM 8

Holy Trinity Sunday / Father's Day

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (MATTHEW 28:9)

DISCIPLE BY BAPTISM

          Just the title of today's devotion will irk people who view Holy Baptism as a work done only after a conscious awareness of faith exists. In this thinking, discipleship comes first, then Baptism to show the world one's fidelity to God.

          The Lord Jesus, however, commands the Church to make disciples precisely by baptizing them in His name. His name isn't ordinary; it is God's name. His is the name of redemption, forgiveness, holiness, and mercy. His name seals you as God's own child for eternity, as in the Church is united to Christ in Baptism and thus shares in a resurrection like His (Romans 6:5). Faith, which grasps God's promises in Christ, comes by hearing this Word of God when His name is spoken into the ears of the sinner at the font.

          All this means that salvation is God's work from font to grave. It's something He does without our participation, and we should be thankful for that. God makes disciples on His own through water and His Word. Sinners are saved by Him. Our reliance for salvation doesn't rest on the flesh but on His promise to save. His name means salvation, a name always present in Baptism.

"Lord, thank You for the disciples You make and keep in the promises of Holy Baptism." Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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