Reflections: March 19, 2021
St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus
By Aaron T. Fenker
"Out of Egypt I called My Son." (Matthew 2:15)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the Son of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jesus is an Israelite. Jesus is God Most High. "True God, begotten of the Father from eternity and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary."
As the Son of Man, the promised Son of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as an Israelite. He does the Israelite thing. He goes to Egypt. He comes out of Egypt, too. He goes into the desert for a while--40 days instead of 40 years. He multiplies bread in deserted places.
But Jesus is also God, Son of God. And so when He does the Israel thing, He's also doing the saving thing. Saving Israel, saving you. And for that He does another Israel thing: He shows up at a mountain called Calvary. There He is crucified, "as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert."
Jesus endures the places of slavery to save you from the slavery of sin. He flees from the wrath of Herod so that you don't have to be afraid of the devil. He is a faithful Son of the Father, so that you are counted, adopted as a child of His heavenly Father. Made yours in Holy Baptism!
Out of death, the Egypt of this life, He will call you. He puts people in your life to care for you along the way, just as you are put there to care for others, and just as Joseph was chosen to care for Jesus.
Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the Son of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jesus is an Israelite. Jesus is God Most High. "True God, begotten of the Father from eternity and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary." And that means He's your Lord, your Savior, who has "purchased and won you from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil." Calvary won. Font delivered. You, eternally a son of God. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty God, from the house of Your servant David You raised up Joseph to be the guardian of Your incarnate Son and the husband of His mother, Mary. Grant us grace to follow the example of this faithful workman in heeding Your counsel and obeying Your commands; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
-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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