The Reign of the Lord‘s Anointed
2 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him
“God’s own child, I gladly say it; I am baptized into Christ! He, because I could not pay it,
Gave my full redemption price. Do I need earth’s treasures many? I have one worth more than any
That brought me salvation free lasting to eternity!”
(LSB #594, st.1).
If Jesus is not true God and true Man, we have no hope beyond this life. If Jesus is not true God and true Man, there is no meaning to Christian Baptism, because the death of a man or the metaphoric death of a god would have no significance for us. Baptism would mean nothing. It would be a symbolic water ritual merely for cultural or tribal purposes. But Christ Jesus is true God and true man, and our Baptism into His death and resurrection gives us an eternal identity as God’s own child. Marked with the cross of Christ, we bear the seal and promise that we do and we will share eternally God’s life and love! Give thanks today!
- Will you receive Jesus, True God and True Man, with empty, uplifted hands at the altar today?
- Will you write a check to St. Matthew’s in support of the local food bank? (Memo: Devotions)
(Write $6.67 if you saved pennies; $33.35 if you saved nickels; $66.70 if you saved dimes.)
Prayer for January 7, The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord:
Father in heaven, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan You proclaimed Him your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit: Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful in their calling to be Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through Your Son, Jesus Christ; Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Place 36 pennies, nickels, or dimes into a bowl to support the Central & Eastern NC Food Bank.
Pastor Samuel D. Zumwalt, STS
St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Wilmington, North Carolina
The Daily Readings are from English Standard Version,