Today's Reading: 1 Peter 2:11-20
I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:11 NKJV)
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. This life isn't all there is. It's not all about pleasure now, and nothing when it's all over. Our life isn't "here today, gone tomorrow."
So often that's how we live though, isn't it? We're always looking at the next big thing: a new movie, a new car, a new house. There's prom, graduation, then college, marriage, work, kids, life! We don't do much planning at all. We're just along for the ride--going from one great thing to the next, one enjoyment to the next.
All this stuff is a delusion. It leads us away from Christ who has redeemed us from this world. Christ was focused neither on His own personal enjoyment, nor on what He could get out of life and others. No, He was clearly focused on you and your salvation. Even from the before the foundation of the world, you were chosen by the Father in Jesus Christ to be saved--to be redeemed from a fallen world.
He ransomed all the kingdoms of the world and their glory--that's you--to Himself. He died to do it. He rose back to life for our being right with God. He delivers His death and life to you in His water, in His Body and Blood, and in His Word.
Yes, the world has many things that we enjoy, that make us happy. But it all passes away: Phones break, cars break down, we grow out of prom dresses, move on from friendships. Jesus has called you out of all temporary things. He's ransomed you with His holy, precious blood, which is far more valuable than even gold or silver, and He feeds you with the very same things as He prepares you not for a temporary life, but a life of eternal paradise with Him that will never fade or never end. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Our hands and feet, Lord, strengthen; With joy our spirits bless Until we see the ending Of all our life's distress. And so throughout our lifetime Keep us within Your care And at our end then bring us To heav'n to praise You there. (Entrust Your Days and Burdens, LSB 754:6)