Reflections: March 23, 2021
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
By Rev. Aaron T. Fenker
He is the Mediator of a new testament so that those who were called would receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Only what Jesus does counts. It counts eternally. It counts forever. What He does, He did once. Once and for all.
Calvary counted. Counted for everyone. Jesus' blood paid for everyone, for all time, forever. He "entered once for all into the holy place obtaining an eternal redemption" (Hebrews 9:12). He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Not just an offering. Priest, too. "High Priest of the good things to come" (Hebrews 9:11). Priest and Sacrifice for each, for all, for you. He, your Lamb. He, your Priest. Calvary much. Easter much. Eternally much.
You're called to what Jesus did for you. You have to be called. Baptized. There you are in Christ now and forever. Believe it. It's true. In Jesus. Your Baptism does what Jesus says it does, and by it you "are an heir having the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:7). You have the blood, Jesus' blood--"for you for the forgiveness of sins." Way better than other good things you could do for yourself.
You receive what He gives--that's faith. Faith is receiving. Receiving is believing. Receiving as merit? Unfaith. Receiving as due? Unfaith. Receiving because you have to? Unfaith. Not receiving? Unfaith. Jesus gives, you receive as a free Gift? Faith.
Receiving in the faith way--the Jesus gives-for-free-to-you way--well, that faith saves you because Jesus saves you. What He does counts. Counts before God. Counts forever. Counts for all. Counts for you. He gives it to you. You have it. Eternal inheritance. Jesus' for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
What costly sacrifice To cover human sin! Who but Christ Jesus had the right To enter in? His blood, that sprinkled price, So we might be assured That our inheritance in light Has been secured. ("Christ Sits at God's Right Hand" LSB 564, st.4)
-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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