December 22, 2011 - Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 43:1-24; Revelation 9:13-10:11

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from all eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord,”

(Second Article of the Apostles Creed)

Merry Advent! In the name of Jesus. Amen. Jesus is true God, begotten by the Father before all eternity. He’s fully God. What is true of God is true of Jesus. He was, and is, and is to come. He’s the Almighty.

Jesus is also true Man, born of the Virgin Mary. He’s a human being like you and me. He sleeps, wakes up, eats, works, is tempted just like we are tempted, suffers, and dies. But, He doesn’t sin–not ever.

He is your Lord, who takes upon Himself all that is you in every way, to save all that is you. He redeems you, buys you back from your sins, from your death, and from the power of the devil–not with gold or silver but with His holy precious blood and His innocent suffering and death.

He saves you by keeping the Law in your place. He’s a man, so all that He does counts as if you have done it. Then He suffers for the wrath that God has for all the sin of all the world, for all time. He is God, so His suffering and death count for all.

All that Jesus does, He does so that you and I would be His own. His Father is your Father. His God is your God. He died for your sins. He is raised for your justification, for your forgiveness before God.

Now, Jesus doesn’t need you to give your life to Him. Nor do you make Him your Lord. He’s the Lord despite what you do and don’t do. He’ll be the Lord whether you believe in Him or not.

You are His own because He is your King who died for you. You are righteous because He rose for you. You are innocent because He is innocent. You are blessed because He’s the blessed one.

Soon, this same Jesus who is true God and true Man, is coming again. He’s coming to rescue you from this fallen world to be with Him in heaven forever. There you will serve Him in “everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns for all eternity. This is most certainly true.” Merry Advent! In the name of Jesus. Amen.