Reflections: February 23, 2021
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
"Look, now is the favorable season! Look, now is the day of salvation!" (2 Corinthians 6:12)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When is the Lord's time to favor you? When will He be kind to you? Be gracious to you? When will He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace? When will He save you?
Sometimes you might wonder. I know I do. It all depends on what's happening in our lives. We know we shouldn't use that as the benchmark for whether or not God loves us, but that's exactly what we end up doing daily and much. If things are going well, then God loves us. But the moment we get made fun of, or mess up, or something bad happens to us or someone we love, well, then God's out to get us. We think we've done something to make Him mad at us. Then, it seems, God doesn't love us. What evil thoughts!
Could you lose everything in life and still talk like Paul? "Having nothing and yet possessing everything." Granted, Paul's talking about how Christians and preachers are persecuted and treated in the world, but it still fits. If you lost everything, because you're a Christian or just because that's the way life would shake out for you, could you then say, "I still possess everything"? Treacherous heart!
But that's exactly the way it is for you, in Jesus. In Jesus alone you do have everything. He is your everything. Nothing can take away what He's done for you. You can't put the blood He shed back into His veins. You can't put Jesus back into the tomb. Jesus died and rose for you. And you really do have the weapons of righteousness in both hands! The water and the Word splashed over you. You've received Jesus' Body and Blood.
It doesn't matter what happens in this life, your in-Jesus-ness is certain. Jesus is for you. When will He save you? He already has! So, when's the day of your salvation? Every day is! Jesus makes sure of that. In good times you have everything. In bad times you have everything. Everything at all times because you have Jesus. Or really, Jesus has you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Jesus Grant that balm and healing In Your holy wounds I find, Ev'ry hour that I am feeling Pains of body and of mind. Should some evil thought within Tempt my treach'rous heart to sin, Show the peril, and from sinning Keep me from its first beginning. ("Jesus, Grant That Balm and Healing" LSB 421, st.1)
-Rev. Aaron T. Fenker is the pastor of Bethlehem and Immanuel Lutheran churches in Bremen, KS.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
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