Reflections: March 13, 2021
Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
I rejoiced when they were telling me, "Let's go to Yahweh's house." (Psalm 122:1)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When your alarm wakes you up tomorrow, you wake up totally excited and jump out of bed just because you get to go to church tomorrow, right? I knew it! Oh, wait, that's not you? Why go to church anyway? Well, the LORD commands you to love Him above all things. He commands you to call upon Him in every trouble. He commands you to pray, praise, and give thanks. He commands you to cherish His Sabbath day as holy.
Jesus is the LORD in the Old Testament. He's Yahweh in the flesh. Jesus is "I AM WHO I AM" along with His Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave each "you shall" and "you shall not" on Mt. Sinai. He gave the First Table of the Law which shows you what faith toward God looks like. And that means "Yahweh's House," is Jesus' house, His Father's house.
This isn't an obedience test. After all, the Sabbath was created as a gift for mankind. But if you actually trusted Jesus, you'd go to church. It's not about earning points with God. Jesus' house, His Father's house, is a "house of prayer, not a den of thieves." No earning with Him. All such buying and selling gets you thrown out, kicked out, locked out of Jesus' house--now and forever! "Weeping and gnashing of teeth" for you if you peddle your church-going before God, or peddle your other works to make up for not going to church.
Jesus rejoiced to go to church for you. He always went to synagogue and temple, always cherished the Sabbath. He credits that to your account. He dies for our not going, for our not wanting to go, for our turning going into some brownie points with God. Blood shed. Life given. Sabbath kept--dead in a tomb on Saturday. Life again--every Sunday an Easter! Church is not a test, but a Gift-giving extravaganza!. That's why David was happy to go. You, too! Think about it. Jesus has ruled the universe to make sure there's a house of His to go to. There He's used His power to make sure you hear His forgiveness, hear His preaching, receive His Body and Blood for the forgiveness of your sins. Tomorrow, hop out of bed. Jesus has His gifts for you, just for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Hear us, O Father, as we throng Your temple. By Your past blessings, by Your present bounty, Smile on Your children, and in grace and mercy Hear our petition. ("Only-Begotten, Word of God Eternal" LSB 916, st.3)
-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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