June 21, 2008 - Saturday of the 4th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 24:1-22; John 19:1-22

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (From the Introit for Trinity 5)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Lord is your light and your salvation. Jesus is the light of the world. Jesus is your salvation. He has conquered sin and death. He is raised from the dead. He is ascended on high. He has given you the washing of new birth at the font. He declares your sins forgiven. He feeds you with His own body and blood. In the darkness of this world, He is light. In a world that is perishing, He is your salvation. So, of whom shall you be afraid?

You don't have to fear anything. You don't have to fear your sins, your mistakes, or your faults. You don't have to fear death or hell or the curses of the Law. You don't have to fear God's judgment or wrath or punishment for sins. You don't have to fear the Lord as if He were your enemy!

With Jesus as your light and your salvation, you don't have to fear the dark. Or bad grades. Or annoying brothers and sisters. You don't have to fear your parents’ divorce. You don't have to fear bullies at school or a girl or boy saying, “We should just be friends.” You don't have to fear a bomb threat at school or even that weird green stuff they serve on Tuesdays.

With Jesus as your light and your salvation, you don't have to fear cancer or AIDS or a car wreck or a friend's death. You don't have to fear drunk drivers or SAT or ACT tests. You don't have to fear your boss at work or global warming. You don't have to fear war or bad news on TV. You don't have to fear if your internet goes down or your cell phone is lost or even if your shampoo runs out while you're in the shower.

With Jesus as your light and your salvation, there just isn't anything in this life of which to be afraid. Nothing at all. When the Psalmist asks “Whom shall I fear?” It's a rhetorical question. The answer is “nobody” and “nothing.” There is nothing in this world that can truly hurt or harm you, because Jesus is your light and your salvation. With Him as your strength, there is nothing to be afraid of. And when you're afraid? Look to Jesus and He'll comfort you with all of His promises and gifts. Water. Word. Body and Blood. Nothing to be afraid of! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Lord, be our light when worldly darkness veils us; Lord, be our shield when earthly armor fails us; And in the day when hell itself assails us, Grant us Your peace, Lord. (LSB 659:3)