Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 17:17-24
Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 4:1-27; St. John 12:1-19
“And she said to Elijah, ‘What have you against me, O man of God? Have you come to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!’” (1 Kings 17:18)
Wow, how many times have we asked that same question? Well, maybe not exactly the same question, but one very similar: “Why is God punishing me like this? What great sin have I committed? Am I not Baptized? Does He not regularly feed me with His Body and Blood? Why this grief?”
Well, you were dead in your trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:5). You were an enemy of God (Romans 8:7). I suppose God might be entitled to a little retribution.
But, that’s what took place at the Cross – God’s divine retribution! Every sin you ever have or ever will commit was nailed to the Cross. Every stain that sin left on your life was washed clean by the Water and Blood that flowed from His wounds.
So what about today? Like the widow’s son, that life is refreshed in you each day through the daily drowning of the Old Adam and the daily rising of the new man through that miracle of Water and Word. Each Lord’s Day He pours into your sin-dried life His very life given in His Holy Supper. There the Lord says, “Here, take my life. It is yours.”
“See from His head, His hands, His feet Sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet Or thorns compose so rich a crown.” (LSB #425, verse 3)
Trinity 2007 Reflections were written by the Rev. Michael Scudder, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
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