Reflections: April 2, 2021
By Aaron T. Fenker
Jesus said, "It is finished!" Then bowing His head, He handed over His spirit. (John 19:30)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God died. That's right. God died. He died for you. The One who created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them died. He was beaten, mocked, scourged, crucified. God suffered all that for you.
"My God, My God why have you forsaken Me?" God was condemned and damned for you. He bore your sin, and it killed Him. He suffered for your sins. Your punishment was His--God's. Then God died. He died for those sins. He died to rescue you from those sins. God died to do it. There your God hung bloody, beaten, dead: "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."
Jesus, your God, died. He didn't just look like He was dead. It's not that a man died that day. If that were the case, you'd still be in your sins because no one "can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him" (Psalm 49:7). But God redeems you. Your God Jesus redeems you by dying.
It's all finished. The accounts have been settled. It took God's dying for you to do it. How do we know it's all taken care of? Well, your God didn't stay dead. Death could not hold Him! Jesus rose from the dead. How do you know it's taken care of? You've been baptized, absolved, had the Gospel preached to you, received Jesus' Body and Blood in His Supper. The once-dead-then-resurrected Jesus gave all these gifts for you. Jesus did all these things for you. "It is finished" now and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Merciful God, heavenly Father, who removed from us the grievous burden of our sins and placed it on Your dear Son, our Savior, we humbly implore You to govern us by Your Holy Spirit that we may comfort ourselves with His suffering and death in the face of all temptation; 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 Good Friday)
-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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