Today’s Reading: Small Catechism: Apostles’ Creed, Second Article part 2
Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 15:1-29; John 15:12-27
I believe that Jesus Christ has become my Lord. (Small Catechism: Apostles’ Creed, Second Article)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus has become my Lord: It’s not what the English versions of our catechisms say, but it is a good translation. Christ Jesus has become my Lord.
You’ve perhaps met people who have spoken in this way before. Maybe someone has said that they’ve made Jesus their Lord, usually by some good thing they had done, said, or decided. But the Second Article of the creed and its explanation aren’t saying this in the least. In a word, it says this: Christ saw me in my great sin, my sorrow, and need, took note of the great agony here on Earth, and did something about it. Paul says it, too: “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Jesus says elsewhere, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). What does this mean? That even in your inborn sin and your actual sins each and every day, Christ Jesus, true God and true man, came to dwell among His enemies, came to bear your sin to the Cross, bore the whole weight of God’s Law for you and me, suffered in your place, died your death, ascended to heaven to bring His very blood as the sacrifice for sin. And then, from heaven, Jesus comes still to give you the Gifts of heaven right here on earth. We say it like this: ” . . .on earth as it is in heaven.”
How has Jesus become your Lord? He took all that stood between you and Him, all your sin that made you His enemy, all your grief, sorrow, and guilt, and provided full remission of sin by Baptism. Now, day after day, as you rise and pray the Morning Prayer, you are awakened to new mercies, gracious gifts, protection and peace brand new each day. He’s always been your Lord and yet He becomes your Lord by His precious Body and Blood, given and shed for you in the Holy Sacrament. He graciously comes to you still, and mercifully rules you through the forgiveness of sins that He pours out to you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Thou art King of glory Christ; Son of God yet born of Mary. For us sinners sacrificed, As to death a Tributary, First to break the bars of death, Thou hast opened heav’n to faith. (“Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” LSB 940, st.4)
-Rev. Adam Degroot is pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho, NM.
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