Reflections: March 21, 2021
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
Jesus answered, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." (John 8:54, 56)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Abraham's joy is the same joy you have. Abraham's trust and hope is the same trust and hope you have. Abraham's Messiah and Savior is your Messiah and Savior. Abraham's religion is your religion; the heart and core and central teaching is all the same. Besides a few thousand years, the only difference between you and Abraham is one of perspective.
Abraham's Savior and salvation was Yahweh (the Lord, I AM) Himself. His own good works, his being a pretty nice guy, even his own believing and trusting weren't Abraham's trust and hope. Same with you. You aren't saved by anything you do, think, decide, desire, or feel. You aren't damned because of any of those things, either. Same with Abraham. Abraham's sole trust and hope, like yours, is the Lord Himself. It's just that Abraham trusted Someone who hadn't come yet, and you trust Someone who has come and will come again: Jesus.
Jesus is I AM, Yahweh. Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. He made the promises of a Savior to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to all His faithful people; He promised them Himself. He would die and save them. He would shed His blood for them. He would even rise again from the dead. But it wasn't just for them, it was for everybody!
Abraham was a preacher of faith in Christ. He trusted that Yahweh would be true to His promise to come and save all humanity. He did. He was born. He lived a perfect life to save Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, you, and the person next you. He died and rose. He wants all people drawn to Himself in Baptism. He wants heaven opened for them with Absolution. He wants to give them His Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins.
Abraham trusted Yahweh and His salvation promises. For Abraham they had yet to come, but He saw that day and rejoiced. Jesus is the I AM, and we know that because He was crucified. He's made promises to you, too. He'll come back for you, too. You have Abraham joy for that day! Promises made are promises kept in Jesus. Jesus' Cross for you says so. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; 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 Fifth 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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