August 19, 2008 - Tuesday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Galatians 3:15-22

Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 11:1-27; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God made promises to Abraham's seed. Those promises were for Christ. Everything God has done, He has done for His Son. Wait a second! Didn't He make those promises for Abraham’s descendents? The whole lot of them? No. He made them to His own Son, a descendant of Abraham. All of God's good promises were given and made to Christ. When you are in Christ, those promises are yours, too. Outside of Christ, apart from Christ, without Christ, God has nothing for us except wrath and judgment. In Christ, all of the promises of God--mercy, grace, forgiveness of sins, eternal life, everlasting righteousness, an everlasting kingdom--are yours.

Don't every try to figure God out apart from and outside of Christ. In Christ, you can see the Father's heart: to save and forgive sinners by sacrificing His only-begotten Son. Outside of Christ, what is there to know? In Christ crucified, we see the way in which the Father loves us. Outside of Christ we have the Law, which condemns us. Paul also tells us that the Law was given to show our sins, but Christ came to take away our sins.

So being in Christ, you have God's promises. But how do you know you're in Christ? Baptism. Absolution. Gospel. Supper. You can be certain you have Jesus through the means of grace. Being in Jesus you can know you have all of God's good gifts.

All the promises God ever made, He made to those who are in Christ and who are thereby descendants of Abraham, because they were first made and given to the One Descendant of Abraham who would accomplish, fulfill, carry out and achieve all of these good things--Jesus Himself. In Jesus, all that God has promised is yours. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

All righteousness by works is vain; The Law brings condemnation. True righteousness by faith I gain; Christ's work is my salvation. His death, that perfect sacrifice, Has paid the all sufficient price; In Him my hope is anchored. (LSB 568:4)