There is on earth no greater comfort than Baptism.Martin Luther
This is one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther, and seems appropriate to share this week as we get ready to celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord in our worship services this Sunday. This quote is both reassuring to me and challenging to me. It reassures me that my relationship with my loving Creator is all that I ever need in this life. But it also challenges me to seek ultimate comfort nowhere else.
As I think about Jesus himself being baptized in the River Jordan, I can’t help but wonder how often he found comfort in his baptism, as he thought of those wonderful words that he heard from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
May we all find such comfort in our baptisms, remembering that because of Jesus, we, too, are God’s beloved children, with whom God is well pleased. What a gift this truly is. Why would we seek comfort anywhere else?