Reflections: March 16, 2021
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
"You, brothers, like Isaac are children of promise." (Galatians 4:26)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. You're a child of promise. You're a child of Jerusalem above, that is, the "holy Christian and Apostolic Church," the "Bride of Christ." You're a member of Jesus' Body, the Church, not because of who you are or where you were born or who your parents are. You're part of His Body because, well, that's His promise. And what the Lord promises happens.
That's how it was with Abraham and Sarah. The LORD promised they'd have a son. Abraham didn't need to take Hagar as another wife. (It didn't work out well at all. It's almost like the Lord only intended for him to have one wife. . . Oh, wait. . . ) Anyway. What the LORD promised, happened. Abraham and Sarah had a son. He was born in a way that was absolutely impossible! But when the Lord makes a promise, the Lord keeps a promise. "All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘The Virgin will conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel,' which means, ‘God with us'" (Matthew 1:22-23). Oh, yeah, Abraham and Sarah also had Isaac when they were really super old, too.
Jesus is the Promised One. He came to save His people from their sins. Abraham from his adultery. Sarah from her unbelief. You and I from all our sins. He died and shed His blood to redeem us. He rose from the dead, too. The firstborn of the dead! All this was just as God promised.
And like Isaac, like Jesus, we are children of promise. Because, well, the Lord says we are. And when the Lord makes a promise, He keeps it. How does the Lord keep His promise to you? You're baptized. You're absolved. You're fed with Jesus' Body and Blood. You're a child of those promises because you receive those promises of forgiveness, life, and salvation. Because of them, you're one with Jesus, Jesus is your brother, by faith, trusting Him.
The Lord promises it. The Lord does it. You're a child of His promises. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Christ is the world's Redeemer, The lover of the pure, The font of heav'nly wisdom, Our trust and hope secure, The armor of His soldiers, The Lord of earth and sky, Our health while we are living, Our life when we shall die. ("Christ Is the World's Redeemer" LSB 539, st.1)
-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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