Reflections: March 12, 2021
Friday of the Third Week of Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life in payment for many." (Mark 10:45)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus serves you. You don't serve Him. How does Jesus serve you? How does Jesus minister to you? Only one way: by giving His life as a ransom in payment for many. He renders this payment by being handed over, being killed, and coming back to life on the Third Day. That's how He has served you, "redeemed you, purchased and won you, with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death."
Now, you are His. He did it for you. No need to make Him proud or bolster your own position. You don't have to call "shotgun" in His Kingdom, like James and John tried to do. "Let us sit on your right and left hands, Jesus." "I'm sorry," Jesus says, "those seats have already been taken." Who got those seats? "And they crucified two thieves with Him, one at His right and the other at His left" (Mark 15:27). But what about James and John? What did they do when Jesus was being ushered away? "Leaving Him, they all fled" (Mark 14:50).
Who does Jesus die for? "Many." No limit to how many exactly. God can always add more into the many. Thieves? Sure. Those who abandon and let down those they love the most? You bet. What about those who try to push themselves forward in God's sight? Of course! And if all those are true, this last one's easy. What about you? "This is most certainly true."
Jesus is your Son of Man. He's your payment for sin. He's your coming back to life after you're dead. He's your everything. His death and resurrection are delivered to you in Holy Baptism. His body given into death and His blood shed for you at Calvary are His Body and Blood delivered to you at Communion. His "It is finished," His "Father forgive them" is put into your ears with sermons, Bible readings, Absolution, forgiveness, even this Reflection!
Jesus serves you. Life into death. Jesus serves you still through His Word and Gifts. Jesus will also serve you in the eternal life to come. "He will dress and seat them, and, after He arrives, He will serve them" (Luke 12:37). In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O my God, my rock and tower, Grant that in Your death I trust, Knowing death has lost its power Since You crushed it in the dust. Savior, let Your agony Ever help and comfort me; When I die be my protection, Light and life and resurrection. ("Jesus, Grant That Balm and Healing" LSB 421, st.5)
-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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