Our old self has been crucified with Christ. That means we have been crucified with Christ as we were born und as we were. This crucifixion happened there on Golgotha, where he was crucified for us and our salvation – even though we have never been in Jerusalem or even near there. This is not easily comprehensible. It really is quite unnatural and mysterious – very much miraculous. It’s wonderful – this vicarious atonement and justification by Jesus Christ in our stead – entirely without our doing, merit or worthiness. We have been crucified, when we were not even aware of it and could not be, because we were not even conceived or born yet. This Christological crucifixion was for all and everybody – without any exceptions. Yet not all believe or trust this good news. Far too many don’t even hear about it and its glorious consequences of divine kinship and celestial inheritance. The vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ in our stead can be summarized in the brief “for us” (pro nobis). Because this happened for us, we are no longer slaves to sin and aught to live holy lives. This wonderful miracle and gracious occurrence from God’s side should motivate us daily to be what we are and to live lives that are modeled on the example of our Lord Jesus Christ’s life.
Lord Jesus Christ, our true good Shepherd! You are the Lord and master of God’s treasures. We thank and praise you for the richness of your grace, which you have imparted to us in our Baptism. Grant that this baptismal grace will lead and guide us through our lives with the accompanying comfort and strength, which pour so abundantly from it. Give that we would praise your for this shower of grace with a live appropriate to faithful Christians. Amen. (H. Lauerer)
This is the Spirit’s entry now: The water and the Word, The cross of Jesus on your brow, The seal both felt and heard.
This miracle of life reborn Comes from the Lord of breath; The perfect Man from life was torn; Our life comes through Christ’s death.
Let water be the sacred sign That we must die each day To rise again by His design As foll’wers of His way.
Renewing Spirit, hear our praise For Your baptismal pow’r That wasches us through all our days; Lord, cleanse again this hour. (Thomas E. Hebranson 1933)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Wednesday after the sixth Sunday after the high holiday and festival of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 260 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.