Reflections: March 27, 2021
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
"Yahweh is a warrior in war." (Psalm 24:8)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Yahweh is the Name God gave Himself in the Old Testament. It's related to the Hebrew for "I AM" (Exodus 4). What sort of God is I AM? He's the God who saves, who redeems, who pardons iniquity, transgression, and sin (Exodus 34). "Yahweh is a man of war; Yahweh is His name" (Exodus 15). Or as the psalm puts it: "Yahweh is a mighty man of war" (Psalm 24).
That's what kings do, after all. They fight for their people. They save them, protect them, care for them. Good kings only do that. That's the sort of King I AM is. He's the best King. He puts everything on the line for the sake of His people. He would do anything for His people, even die for them.
That's what He does. Jesus is that I AM. His death and resurrection prove that. Calvary is the final battle of the war. Not only the war between God and the devil. Not only the war that God makes against sin. It's also the war He wages against sinners. That battle is finished! Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews, spoke forth that exact royal proclamation: "It is finished!"
Jesus is the God who saves, who redeems, who pardons iniquity, transgression, and sin. Yours! He shed His blood for our sins, but not only ours--the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He brought you into Himself and His Kingdom through the waters of Holy Baptism. He's now your King, your Brother. He gives you the feast of feasts--His purchase price--in the Supper of His Body and Blood for you for the forgiveness of sins.
He will bring you into the place where there's no more war, no more crying, no more pain, no more death, no more sin. He died. He rose. He has baptized. He has fed. He's King. Good King. Your King. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Now he who bore for mortals' sake The cross and all its pains And chose a servant's form to take, The King of glory reigns. Hosanna to the Savior's name Till heaven's rafters ring, And all the ransomed host proclaim "Behold, behold your King!" ("No Tramp of Soldiers' Marching Feet" LSB 444, 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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