I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD." (from the Introit for Trinity 18)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Are you glad when they say, “Let's go to the house of the Lord?” “Get up! It's time for church!” If you're like me at all, your clock's snooze button gets its greatest workout on Sunday morning! As Christians, we delight in hearing God's Word. We would love to be in church receiving the Lord's gifts. But our Old Adam pretty much has to be beaten with a stick to get out of bed to go to the Lord's house.
Good thing for us that these words from Psalm 122 are, like always, first of all Jesus' words. Jesus is glad to go to the house of the Lord. While most 12-year-olds are trying to memorize their catechism because they “have to,” Jesus was in the Temple, listening and learning and even teaching, delighting to be in His Father's house.
While you and I grumble and complain that the sermon is boring or we can't sing the hymns, Jesus rejoiced to be in the Temple, teaching God's Word. While you and I complain about the people that irritate us, Jesus hung on the cross, forgiving them and doing His Father's will.
What saves us—you and me—from our not loving God's house is that Jesus did. What saves us—you and me—from our apathy regarding God's Word is that Jesus loves God's Word. He IS God's Word in the flesh. It is by His death that our sins are wiped out. It is by His ascension that the Spirit is sent into us by the preaching of the Word so that our Old Adam can be drowned in Baptism each day and our New Man finally get to love and rejoice in the Lord's Word.
Tomorrow, it's off to the Lord's house. Do you love to be there? Of course you do! Are you glad to go? Of course you are--because you are in Jesus. And all of His love of the Lord's house is yours, because all that He has done is yours. Because you are a temple of the Spirit, Jesus rejoices to dwell in you and have you dwell in Him, who is the true temple and house of the Lord. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
I love Your kingdom, Lord, The place of Your abode, The Church our blest Redeemer saved With His own precious blood. (LSB 651:1)