Sermon of January 9th, 2011–“Big Hearted Baptism”

Matthew 3:13-17:
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ 15 But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’

Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1638). John the Baptist Preaching. Public Domain.
First, a confession to make: I have no idea what the title of this sermon (which I chose when planning worship over a month ago) has to do with what I preached. On the other hand, I’m not real bothered by it because I feel that the sermon came across well. Here’s the end result: if you’d like to listen to my sermon “Big-Hearted Baptism,” you can do so by clicking here: Big-Hearted Baptism

My prayer is that you are moved by this sermon to offer God praise and thanks for the salvation he offers us in baptism. Blessings.