For many of us the holiday season has come and gone, and the rush of work and school begins anew. Perhaps you are like so many who have New Year resolutions. “I am going to exercise more. I want to form better eating habits.” Both of these New Year resolutions are mean to create the new you. After all it is the New Year, so why not try to make a new you?
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, creation has been decaying and dying. And you and I are sure enough part of this fallen creation. We find ourselves not only stuck in it, but we help the process along. In our sin we are stuck in our old evil ways. We are like the people of Israel turning away from their God who had redeemed them from the land of Egypt. We might have turned away from God, but He does not turn away from us. No, He does not turn away from us, but He becomes one of us to redeem us. God saw the decay, he saw the death, and he did something about it. He sent His own Son into our world that He might be our brother and our savior. This week we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord. There Jesus lines up with the rest of the sinners and numbers himself with us.
The Son of God was baptized with sinners to take upon himself the sins of the entire world. He takes those sins with him to cross, where he dies to atone for the sins of the world. Because Jesus has done this everyone baptized there after receives the righteousness of Christ. Their sins are removed. They are robed in the white robes washed in the blood of the Lamb.
God saw the death, and He created out of death life. In Baptism we die. Yet in Baptism we live. We are buried with Christ, and we are resurrected to new life in Christ. God through Baptism has done something new. He has made you a new creation in the image of Jesus Christ. No longer are you just your old self, but you have been given the righteousness of Christ. You have been given the gift of faith to cling to your Savior. You have been given the forgiveness of sins, and you can live in peace with God. God has done something new. He has given His Son and redeemed you that you might live with Him forever.
“Remember not the former things nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Is. 43:19-20)” The Lord has made a new thing. He has made you in the image of His righteous Son in Your Baptism that you might be with God forever.