Reflections: June 6, 2020
Saturday of the Week of Pentecost
By Alexander Lange
What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. (From the Introit for Trinity Sunday)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Our Introit for Trinity Sunday quotes Psalm 8, which is a commentary on Genesis 1 and 2. The psalmist contemplates the glory of the stars and perhaps the angels, since angels were often associated with the stars. Compared to bright stars and glorious angels, humans seem insignificant.
The psalmist wonders, "Why does God care about man so much?" Indeed, why would God give mankind dominion over the earth, thereby making them a little lower than the angels? Many people wonder if God truly cares about small, insignificant human beings. Is God really concerned about my needs, my problems, my choices, or my destiny? Doesn’t the Creator have to attend to more important things?
Well, you don't have to wonder. We believe that there are three divine Persons who are perfectly joined together by the indivisible substance that they share. One of those Persons is a human being. Yes, one of your brothers sits beside the Father, participating in His rule.
This God who became flesh and blood has experienced human weakness and sorrow. He empathizes with you. He cares. Indeed, He cares enough to participate in your death, so that you can participate in His life!
You can be sure that Jesus is watching you from His throne and that He sends His angels to protect you. You can be sure that He brings your petitions to His Father. Most importantly, you can be sure that you will be glorified, so that you can sit in the presence of the Father alongside your brother, Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
— Rev. Alexander Lange is pastor of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albany, Oregon.
He has raised our human nature On the clouds to God's right hand; There we sit in heav'nly places, There with Him in glory stand. Jesus reigns, adored by angels; Man with God is on the throne. By our mighty Lord's ascension We by faith behold our own. ("See, the Lord Ascends in Triumph" LSB 494, st. 5)
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