Reflections: March 30, 2021
Tuesday of Holy Week
By Aaron T. Fenker
"She has anointed My body for burial ahead of time." (Mark 14:8)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus was always going to die. It was prophesied about Him in the Old Testament. His name shows it. Jesus means "Yahweh saves." Saving happens by blood. Salvation comes through death. His death. His once-for-all death. It was coming. Jesus knew it. He proclaimed it throughout His ministry. This woman knew it, too. She poured myrrh over Jesus. She got Him ready to die. He was going to die.
He was going to die for sins. Sins of judging. Of wanting money instead of helping those in need. He would die for all sins. He wouldn't just die, He would be buried. This woman got Him ready for that.
But He wouldn't just die and be buried. He would rise from the dead. He paid for sin. Defeated the devil. Conquered death. His death did it. His resurrection proved it. What Jesus preached came to pass. The woman's preparation was fulfilled. It must be so or you would be damned.
Just as that myrrh did Jesus' body no good unless it was poured on Him by this woman, so also Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection do you no good unless they're given to you. They're given to you by Christ's Woman, His Bride, the Church. It's within the Church, at the font, that you're buried with Christ and raised with Him. You're fed with His crucified, dead, buried, and raised Body and Blood. His death-defeating death, life-giving resurrection, and empty tomb are and will be yours.
Christ was buried and raised. You will die, you will be raised. You will be prepared for burial, but you will rise victorious because Christ rose victorious for you.
Jesus died for you. He was buried for you. He was raised for you. You'll rise, too. Just like He did. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O my God, my rock and tower, Grant that in Your death I trust, Knowing death has lost its power Since You crushed it in the dust. Savior, let Your agony Ever help and comfort me; When I die be my protection, Light and life and resurrection. ("Jesus, Grant That Balm and Healing" LSB 421. 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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