That the holy and innocent one received John's baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins surely indicates the importance of our receiving Holy Baptism! When the Son of God assumed our humanity in the incarnation he fulfilled in his flesh all that is necessary for us. It is our sinful lives that need the washing of the Word with water that is Holy Baptism. And although we are saved by the gift of forgiveness, and not by our obedience or good works, that does not give us a license to sin with impunity. In fact if we keep on sinning without any resistance, we really don't understand the significance of Baptism which the Apostle Paul takes pains to explain in our Second Lesson this morning.