Martin Luther on Jesus’ Baptism

I may have to read this sermon again next year. It was filled with rich imagery and powerful sacramental statements. Here are a few from Luther’s sermon preached on the Epiphany of our Lord, January 6th, 1534:

“Christ is holier even than baptism, yet still allows himself to be baptized.”

“But God in heaven poured himself out when Christ was baptized.”

“There is no longer a dividing line between God and us, for he has descended into the {baptismal} water.”

“Therefore we should have high regard for this festival. To some degree it is about the wise men. But there is something much, much more important here: the real “three kings”–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

“Water becomes a precious ointment and medication because God has stirred himself into it.”

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About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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2 Responses to Martin Luther on Jesus’ Baptism

  1. Steve Macias says:

    What does Luther mean by, “holier even than baptism”?

    It would seem as though Luther saw Baptism by John as a type of humiliation, yet as I understand it, it was his priestly consecration. Baptized into a royal priesthood with God’s blessing: “Thou art my beloved Son”.

  2. Uri Brito says:

    You are right. Baptism is the priestly anointing. Luther’s emphasis was much more on baptism as death, whereas Calvin took baptism as a missional initiation rite.

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