Friday of the Second-Last Week

Daily Lectionary: Daniel 4:1-37; Revelation 21:1-8

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. (Revelation 21:3)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God has always dwelt with men. It will be no different in the resurrection. Consider how He walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. Or how He showed up to have supper with Abraham and promise him and Sarah a son. Consider how the Lord came among His people in a pillar of fire as they left Egypt. Think about how the Lord dwelt in the Tabernacle, covering the ark of the covenant, and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Consider how the Lord stood in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Then think about how the Lord came in human flesh. Born of Mary. Lived in Nazareth. Walked around Galilee and Judea. Was among us as One who serves, humble even to death on a cross. Who was among us, buried in a tomb and then alive the third day. Who ate and drank with His disciples.

Marvel at how the Lord is still with us--wherever we hear His Word. At the font as He gives us new birth by water and the Spirit. Think of how He is present among His people when the Sacrament of the Altar is given us to eat and to drink. Think of how Jesus is present in His Church in the ministry of the Word and how He dwells in the hearts of His people.

So on the Last Day, when Jesus comes again and makes all things new, He will live in our midst forever. But it won't be that different from anything He's already done because He has always been with you. Now you will see Him face to face as He is with you and you with Him for eternity. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen

O sweet and blessed country, The home of God's elect! O sweet and blessed country That faithful hearts expect! In mercy bring us, Jesus, To that eternal rest With You and God the Father And Spirit ever blest. (Jerusalem the Golden, LSB 672:4)

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