Reflections: September 1, 2020
Tuesday of the 12th Week after Trinity
By Mark Buetow
But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? (2 Corinthians 3:7-8)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Law of God is really neat. You could even call it good and wise. In the Law, God teaches us that the most important thing is to love Him with all our hearts. Not only that, He also teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves, maybe even more than ourselves. The whole point of the Law is to show us what it means to love. We learn that we love God by clinging to His Name, and hearing and believing His Word. We learn to love our neighbor by doing no harm to him but by preserving and protecting his people and property and helping him in every way. The Law is brilliant! If we lived and did what it said, what a wonderful world it would be!
If that's awesome, glorious, and wonderful, how much more so the Gospel, the Good News that when we completely blew it according to the Law, the Lord came to rescue us from the punishments of the Law by keeping the Law Himself, and making us new creations in Him! If the Law is awesome how much more so the Gospel, the Good News!
This is Paul's point. The Law of God, His holy commandments, are great. But since we cannot keep them, since we have fallen short, what's even greater is the mercy and grace given to us in and through His Son who kept the Law completely and who gave His life for us and rose again. If you thought that was great, it just keeps going. Because now He has baptized you and claimed you as one for whom He died. He has fed and absolved you.
Jesus came to tell us, "Yes, the Law is awesome and great. If only you could keep it. So here's even better news: I'll take care of that and of you. And then I'll give you my Spirit so that you'll actually think the Law is awesome and desire to love God with all your heart, and your neighbor, too." In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
To Jesus we for refuge flee Who from the curse has set us free And humbly worship at His throne, Saved by His grace through faith alone. ("The Law of God is Good and Wise" LSB 579, st. 6)
-Rev. Mark Buetow is the pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in McHenry, Illinois.
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