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The Baptism of Our Lord

Old Testament Reading

Luther on Baptism

The observance of the Baptism of Our Lord offers the opportunity to reflect on the significance of Baptism in the life of a Christian. What exactly occurs when water and the Word are applied to a sinful human being? Luther addressed this life-giving Sacrament in a sermon on John 20:19–31 included in his Church Postil, though the passage the reformer focuses on in this section is 1 John 5:6: “This is the one who comes with water and blood.”