Reflections: March 8, 2021
Monday of the Third Week of Lent
By Aaron Fenker
"And Yahweh did so." (Exodus 8:24)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Lord's Word does what He says. If He says there will be flies, there are flies. If He says there will be plagues, then the plagues happen just the way He says. If He says they'll end, they end. Only when He says.
We try to match the Lord, try to be like Him, make our words reality. We seek to control the universe, make what we say happen. It doesn't. It might for a little while, but our words aren't almighty, nor are our wishes, hopes, or our could-be's. Not so the Lord's Word. His Word always has almighty power behind it. His Word created the universe. His Word released plagues. His Word ended plagues. His Word also saves. The Word of judgment to Egypt was a Word of salvation for Israel: "I will establish a division between my people and your people." So it was Yahweh matched up with Pharaoh. His Word, His plagues that happened just as the Lord said, undid Pharaoh as a false god, but that same Word brought rescue to the people of Israel.
The Lord uses His almighty power to save His people, to save you. He has all the power in the universe. Actually more, since He, you know, created the universe. But be that as it may, the Lord's almighty power and glory is shown chiefly in showing mercy, in saving you.
The Almighty Son of God dies. How powerful is God? So powerful He can do the impossible. Die. He promised it. The Lord does what He says. He also comes back to life. Even more impossible! Dead people are supposed to stay dead, right? Not Jesus. He comes back to life.
And now He's got all authority in heaven and on earth to what He eternally wants to do: save you. You're whatever the Lord says you are, and you are whatever He does for you. He saves you. You're saved. He says, "I baptize you." You're baptized. He says, "I forgive you." You're forgiven. He says, "This bread is My Body, this cup is My Blood FOR YOU for the forgiveness of sins." Then, well, that's exactly what it is and what you have.
Whatever the Lord says, He does. He does it to save you. And that's exactly what happens. Because, well, "Yahweh," the LORD Jesus, "did so." In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
We eat this bread and drink this cup, Your precious Word believing That Your true body and Your blood Our lips are here receiving. This word remains forever true, All things are possible with You, For You are Lord Almighty. ("Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared" LSB 622, st.4)
-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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