Reflections: March 10, 2021
Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
By Aaron Fenker
You shall not steal. (Small Catechism: The Seventh Commandment)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus was actually stolen from. He really was. This is not just grandstanding. His enemies and one of His disciples stole from Him. He was the friend of sinners, to forgive them, to save them from their stealing, to make them not thieves. And so to save them He came and was stolen from.
"They took His garments, and for His clothing they cast lots." That's what the Roman soldiers did at Calvary. Judas, too! He didn't just want 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. He'd always wanted more. Jesus gave it, too. He unconditionally loved Judas. Judas was a thief, put in charge of the money purse (John 12). Jesus was also numbered with thieves, crucified between two of them, to save them, to save Judas, to save everyone who takes what isn't theirs.
We're saved from our stealing, too. Whether it's permanently borrowing something, illegally downloading, not treating our neighbor's stuff well, wasting something, or even taking a toy, a tablet, or a game controller our sibling was playing with, we all try to get what isn't ours.
The Lord saves us from this. He gives us exactly what we have, not so that we take from our neighbor, but the Lord gives to us so that He can use us to help and serve our neighbor. The stuff isn't important: money, clothes, technology, cars, popularity, or whatever else we want. He loves you unconditionally. He'd let you go off to your own destruction, like he let Judas.
But that's not you. Can't be. Not in Jesus. He saved you from your stealing. He shed His blood to buy you back from your stealing. He forgives it away. You're rich in Jesus, eternally rich. Blessed eternally. Blessed now, too. Stuff for your neighbor. Through you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
I build on this foundation, That Jesus and his blood Alone are my salvation, My true, eternal good. Without Him all that pleases Is valueless on earth; The gifts I have from Jesus Alone have priceless worth. (If God Himself Be for Me" LSB 724, 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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