Jesus is the power to put off the old self and put on the new.
Scriptures: First Lesson: Psalm 51; Gospel: Mark 2:13-17
Sermon Text: Colossians 3:1-17
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Point to Ponder: The perfect image of God, once lost through the fall into sin, is restored through faith in Jesus Christ our all-sufficient Savior!
Treasure to Share: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12).
Action to Take: Our sermon text today uses a couple paradoxes to help us understand how we can be who God has made us to be.
- “You died…now put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature.”
- “You have taken off your old self…and have put on the new self. Now clothe yourselves with compassion, etc….”
This that led Martin Luther to write about the meaning of baptism for our daily lives:
“Baptism means that the old Adam (aka your old self) should be drowned by daily contrition and repentance, and that all its evil deeds and desires be put to death. It also means that a new person should daily arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.”