Reflections: March 9, 2021
Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
By Aaron Fenker
Before you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the Light--for the fruit of the Light is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. (Ephesians 5:8–9)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. You're baptized. Jesus died for you. That's who you are. Jesus is the light of the world--snuffed out at Calvary, relit on Easter, for you. He shines His resurrected face upon you in the forgiveness of your sins. In Holy Baptism you are united with Him, child of the Father, light of the world (Matthew 5), but only in Jesus.
There's no darkness in Jesus, no sin, no death. He died never to die again. And because that's how it is with Jesus, that's how it is with you. No darkness. No sin. No icky thing done in the darkness. No shame. No bad internet history. You won't die. No darkness of a grave for you. That's all true for you in your Baptism and in Jesus.
In you, in your personal efforts, there's only darkness, only sins, only death. But that's not you in the LORD. No, not ever you in Jesus. In Jesus you are the brightness of God Himself, the apple of the Father's eye. You baptized. You saved. You in Jesus.
The Light bears fruit. You don't bring it up, make it grow, make it blossom, make it happen. No, it's the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23). "Fruit of the Spirit is. . . goodness" (Galatians 5). Jesus "became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and redemption, so that we would become the righteousness of God in Him" (1 Corinthians 1:30). "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12).
From Jesus to you. Of course that's in you. How could anything else be true? In you there is only darkness, but that's not you in God's sight, not ever. Why make it true? No, you're baptized. You're died for. That's who you are forever. . . in Jesus alone. He was snuffed out and relit for you. And how it goes with Jesus, it goes with you. You will live again forever in His marvelous light. After all, "We are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who hopes this way in Him, purifies Himself as He is pure (1 John 3:2-3).
You're that pure. You're that light. You're in Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
He came from His blest throne Salvation to bestow; But men made strange, and none The longed-for Christ would know. But, oh, my friend, My Friend indeed, Who at my need His life did spend! ("My Song Is Love Unknown" LSB 430, st.2)
-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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