Reflections: March 25, 2021
The Annunciation of Our Lord
By Aaron T. Fenker
"No sermon from God will be impossible." (Luke 1:37)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. What the Lord says goes. It must happen if He says it. He created the universe by speaking, preaching. Darkness can't become light. Water can't become dry ground. Impossible! Unless, of course, the Lord preaches to them!
So it is with all His promises. They win the day. They happen just as the Lord intends them to, when the Lord intends them to. You can't stop it. Can't delay it. Can't hurry it along, either. So it was that Gabriel showed up at Virgin Mary's door.
"You have found favor with God." Must be true. The angel preached it! Gabriel, arch-angel of God, is a true messenger of what God has to say. Favor with God, not with Mary. Favor from God to Mary. His for her. That's why she's highly favored. Just like Noah was. Not because they were awesomely good in the God department. No, but they were saved by the Lord's steadfast love alone.
Jesus born from a Virgin. Impossible! But then He was. The baby can't be God! Impossible. "The one born from you will be called holy, the Son of God." God can't die! But then He did. Dead people stay dead! But then He didn't. "Of His kingdom there will be no end." You see, "No sermon from God will be impossible."
So also for you. If He says you're baptized and a child of God the Father, that's what you are. If Jesus says, "I forgive you," you're forgiven. That can't be His Body and Blood! Of course it is. That's what He says it is: "This is My body, this is My blood for you for the forgiveness of sins."
The Lord preaches the impossible. Impossible for us, but not for Him. Light from darkness. Earth from water. Son of God born of a virgin. God the Son dead. God the Son raised. All for you. Adoption in water and Word. Bread and wine that are His Body and Blood. One day you will be brought back to life from your casket. Impossible? No way! Not with God. "No sermon from God will be impossible." In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O Lord, as we have known the incarnation of Your Son, Jesus Christ, by the message of the angel to the virgin Mary, so by the message of His cross and passion bring us to the glory of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the Annunciation of Our Lord)
-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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