Reflections: March 14, 2021
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
"For Jesus already knew what He was going to do." (John 6:6)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Of course, Jesus knows what He's going to do! He's a God with a plan. He not only knew that those people were going to seize Him to make Him King, but He knew they would eventually seize and crucify Him. Nothing gets by His notice. Not even you or I. You are on Jesus' mind. He knows how He's going to take care of you. You don't have to worry about what's going on in the world, how school will turn out, or what will happen in your parents' relationship. You don't have to worry about college, work, career, family, life. Jesus is your God and He's got a plan!
He already put that plan into motion and has used His almighty power to pull it off. He moved history to be born, to die, and rise again at the right time, just like He made sure someone in that crowd had five loaves of bread and two fish. "He knew what He was going to do." He did this for you. Your salvation is that certain. He knows what's coming in the future, too. It's all part of His plan to save you: a First Article miracle and meal--feeding 5,000 with five loaves and two fish--to preview what He would do for you to bring His Second Article Redemption to you in His Third Article gifts.
It all sounds so familiar: "He took bread. Gave thanks. Broke it. Gave it to His disciples." So it was on the night He was betrayed: food for their bodies and souls--Body and Blood for you for the forgiveness of your sins. You're in on that meal. The Supper is for you. Jesus knew He would institute that Supper. He came to do it, just like He came to die and rise for you. He's used His almighty power to move history in order to provide a place where He can deliver it to you. A congregation with bread and wine just where He can give what He promises through His Word--His Body and Blood.
See, you don't get by Jesus' notice. You're on Jesus' mind. He's planned to care for you body and soul. Not just today, but even forever! "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will resurrect him on the Last Day" (John 6:54). In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Lent)
-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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