And every time it hurts—bad.
But every time it also ends up lifting me up again.
That’s the way it is with God’s Word and His love for us in Christ Jesus, the crucified. It takes us to the cross with Him to kill the sinner. But it does so in order to lift us up with Him again to a life that never ends. The only way to live with Him is to first die with Him. And that is what Baptism is all about as we learn to confess with the one holy Christian and apostolic church in answer to the catechism question, “What does such baptizing with water indicate?”
To hear and/or read the entire sermon preached for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, "O Me of Little Faith," click on this link. http://lcmssermons.com/index.php?sn=3434