Reflections: March 20, 2021
Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
Send Your Light and Your Truth. They will lead me; They will bring me to your Holy Mountain, to Your Tabernacle. (Psalm 43:3)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus is the Light of the World (John 9:5). Jesus is "the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life" (John 14:6). Jesus is the Rock upon which every wise man, everyone with faith in Him, builds (Matthew 7:24-25). Jesus is the Mountain not cut with human hands (Daniel 2:45)--born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus is the true Temple, the true Tabernacle (John 2:21). "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us" (John 1:14). Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 21:6), "the Author and Finisher of our Faith" (Hebrews 12:2).
Everything that's for life and godliness comes from God your heavenly Father, on account of Jesus Christ, His Son, and it's all given through the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. The Holy Spirit was given to you in Holy Baptism, and He continually comes to you through the Word He inspired. This Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth (John 15:26) because He is the Spirit of Christ Jesus (1 Peter 1:11), and the Holy Spirit delivers the Truth, delivers Jesus. As Jesus promises, "The true worshipers of the Father will worship Him in the Spirit and in the Truth" (John 4:24). Worship of the Triune God!
Why will true worshipers worship the Father in the Holy Spirit and in Jesus the Truth? Well, look at our psalm verse! They will because He will send out His Light and Truth. Jesus will come, be born of the Virgin Mary, suffer under Pontius Pilate, be crucified, die, be buried, and raised--all FOR YOU. That Jesus sends the Spirit who draws you to Jesus' Word and Gifts tomorrow. There, gathered as God's baptized children, the Spirit works on you, in you, and through you through the Word, the psalms, the hymns, and Spirit-filled songs (Ephesians 5:19). Jesus will be there with His Body and Blood for you to eat and drink in His Supper for the forgiveness of sins.
Your church service tomorrow is God's temple because Jesus is there. Beginning to end, from Baptism until forever, He saves you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
I walk with Jesus all the way, His guidance never fails me; Within His wounds I find a stay When Satan's pow'r assails me; And by His footsteps led, My path I safely tread. No evil leads my soul astray; I walk with Jesus all the way. ("I Walk in Danger All the Way" LSB 716, 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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