Reflections: August 31, 2020
Monday of the 12th Week after Trinity
By Mark Buetow
But when he sees his children, The work of My hands, in his midst, They will hallow My name, And hallow the Holy One of Jacob, And fear the God of Israel. (Isaiah 29:23)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. It was a poor nobody whom Jesus healed by opening his ears and mouth. This is how the Lord operates. He finds those who have no hope in themselves, who have nothing apart from what the Lord gives them. Then He makes them a part of His family by His grace. He delivers to them the Good News that His death was for them and His resurrection saves them, too.
The prophet Isaiah preaches that the Lord will do this and God's people will hallow His Name because they see that He grows His family by forgiving sinners and making them a part of His family. Consider your church for a minute. Do you like the people there? Are there members your age? Does everyone get along? Do you know the names of those little kids who sit behind you? How about that old widow who never misses a Sunday? The kid that keeps to himself and rarely makes it to youth group? Do you know that couple who sits on the other side of the aisle? Whoever they are, they all have this in common: God has made them His dear and beloved children through Jesus, just as He has made you His child. We may not always know or even like the people at church but we are all precious in His sight because we are God's children.
When Jesus hung on the Cross of Calvary, He was hanging there for you. He was hanging there for them, too. He was hanging there as the Lamb of God for the whole world. His water and Word and Body and Blood make them holy as they make you holy. No matter who they are, how young or old, how nice or strange, these are your brothers and sisters in Christ. The Church is pretty cool like that. The Lord takes all kinds of people who have this in common: They are sinners. And He does the same good work of saving them so that they all have this in common: They are part of His family in Jesus Christ. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
I love Your Church, O God, Your saints in ev'ry land, Dear as the apple of Your eye And graven on Your hand. ("I Love Your Kingdom, Lord" LSB 651, st. 3)
-Rev. Mark Buetow is the pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in McHenry, Illinois.
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