5. Do you hope to be saved? Yes, that is my hope. 6. In whom, then, do you trust? In my dear Lord Jesus Christ. (Small Catechism: Christian Questions 5-6)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Last week, the Christian Questions we read laid out the problem: We're sinners. This week we have the answer to that problem: Jesus. There's no "I want to be saved, so I must try harder to keep the Law." No "Be a better person to overcome my sins." Nothing about canceling our eternal damnation with our good works. Nope. One hope. Jesus.
Notice the questions also lay out who Jesus is. It's all a review of what you learned in your catechism. Jesus is true God and true man. This separates the Christian faith from all other religions. Most people would acknowledge that Jesus is a good man. A good teacher. A nice example to follow. But that's all worthless. If Jesus is not man AND God, there's no hope for us at all.
But Jesus' being true God and true man saves you. His being man means He can suffer and die for you. His being true God means His sacrifice actually takes away all your sins and the sins of the whole world.
And Jesus doesn't just reveal this about Himself. He also teaches us the Father's love in sending Him. He sends the Spirit to call, gather and enlighten us. He shows Himself as true God and man and one of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. These are not things we could figure out about God on our own. His Word teaches us these things so that we can have confidence in our salvation.
It is that Triune God who has baptized you. It is that true God and true man who died for you and gives you His Body and Blood. You have one hope: this God--and the Son who is true God and true man. With Him, there's no damnation to worry about! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; No merit of my own I claim But wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand. (My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less, LSB 575:1)