Today’s Reading: Small Catechism: Apostles’ Creed, First Article part 2
Daily Lectionary: Numbers 10:11-36; Luke 16:19-31
He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. (Small Catechism: Apostles’ Creed, First Article)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Did you know that you are rich? It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a dime in your pocket. You are rich, but that’s because your wealth doesn’t involve money. We are rich because God has provided everything that we need to support our earthly life. That means the clothes on our backs and the shoes on our feet, the food in our stomachs and the roofs over our heads. Luther sums up our First Article gifts with three simple words: “all I have.” But what is that?
We know the things we have because we can see them and touch them. But what about the things we can’t see and touch? Do we have those as well? Not only does God provide us all that we see, He also provides all that we do not see, namely, our salvation.
When a person looks at you, do they see that you are covered in the blood of the Lamb which forgives you all of your sins? Do they see God’s Name placed upon you in your Baptism? Do they see that your sins are forgiven for the sake of Christ? None of that is visible to the naked eye, and yet, that is what we have as well.
We are wealthy beyond all measure because of the sacrifice that was made for us by Jesus Christ. Through His death and resurrection, all that God intended for creation to have, all that was lost because of sin, has been restored. Everything that was meant for you from before the creation of the world is yours once again because Jesus has died and is risen again. He has made full satisfaction for your sins. All that we need in this life is given to us by God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. All that you need for the life of the world to come, is yours because of Jesus. The best part of all of this is that you don’t need to wait until Christ comes again to receive the full benefit of Christ’s death and resurrection. It is yours now, for Christ has died for you. All that Christ has to give is yours; all of your sins are forgiven and salvation is yours now. God has richly provided for you, now and forevermore. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
We all believe in one true God. . . He in soul and body feeds us; All we need His hand provides us. . . He cares for us by day and night; All things are governed by His might. (“We All Believe in One True God” LSB 954 st.1)
-Rev. Jared Tucher is pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Farmers Retreat, IN, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dewberry, IN.
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