Sunday, June 1, 2014

I Will Cleanse You

Dear Baptized, “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses,” said, “I will cleanse you.”

And He “made us alive together with Christ,” fulfilling in Baptism what He ...promised hundreds of years earlier in Babylon through the lips of His anointed prophet, Ezekiel. 25I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.

What beautiful baptismal language and imagery we get from Ezekiel. It is language and imagery by which the Israelites could get a foretaste of what would be fulfilled in Christ, and spread to every corner of the world through His disciples and priesthood of all believers.

To hear and/or read the entire sermon preached for Exaudi Sunday, "I Will Cleanse You," click on this link.

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