Reflections: December 22, 2020
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
By Bradley Drew
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5b-6)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. As dark and terrifying as these days can be, Revelation is written to tell us that Jesus is so much bigger, so much more grand than any darkness. For the blood that courses through His veins courses there for you. This is God's blood. Blood to be born for you. Blood to live for you. Blood to die for you. Blood to rise for you. Blood to reign and rule for you.
Marvel at the gift given at Christmas! Though seemingly so small and insignificant, this little Child's blood will forever settle God's heart, God's mind, and God's judgment toward you. For taking on your flesh and blood, Jesus has forever united Himself to you and you to Himself. He's got this. He's got you. And He's never letting go.
It's why Isaiah cries out to the captives, "But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior'" (Isaiah 43:1-3).
It's why Revelation 10 shows that "mighty Angel," Jesus Himself, standing astride land and sea. He hasn't slipped and lost His footing. He's got this and nothing will cause Jesus to fall. Not some pandemic. Not some evil power or authority. Not some nation, foreign or otherwise. Not even some sin of yours. Jesus and the promise of His blood control all things, now. For you.
Hear that promise for you in the manger. Hear it on the Cross. Hear it from the empty tomb. Hear that promise every day in your Baptism and in God's Word. Hear it every time you attend the Lord's Supper. For you. Jesus. God's got this. God's got you. And He's never letting go.
As dark and terrifying as these days can be, in revealing Jesus for us in these days the book of Revelation is one last way God's Word calls out: Your Jesus is so much bigger, so much more grand than the darkness. You are going to be okay. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Satan, hear this proclamation: I am baptized into Christ! Drop your ugly accusation, I am not so soon enticed. Now that to the font I've traveled, All your might has come unraveled, And, against your tyranny, God, My Lord, unites with me! ("God's Own Child, I Gladly Say It" LSB 594, st. 3)
-Rev. Bradley Drew is the pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Metairie, LA.
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