Daily Lectionary: Genesis 44:1-18,32-34; Mark 12:28-44
15. What should we do when we eat His body and drink His blood, and in this way receive His pledge? We should remember and proclaim His death and the shedding of His blood, as He taught us: This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. 16. Why should we remember and proclaim His death? First, so that we may learn to believe that no creature could make satisfaction for our sins. Only Christ, true God and man, could do that. Second, so we may learn to be horrified by our sins, and to regard them as very serious. Third, so we may find joy and comfort in Christ alone, and through faith in Him be saved. (Small Catechism: Christian Questions 15-16)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Jesus’ death on the cross worked our redemption before God. There Jesus rescued us from our sinful selves, from the sinful things we’ve thought, said, or done, from the judgment of God against us and our sin, and from the accusations of the devil. The cross comes to you, too, though. Jesus didn’t just work our salvation. He brings forgiveness to you, and delivers it in the Supper of His Body and Blood.
Our sins are a problem. Our evil desires are a problem. We can’t make up for them. If you mess up at work, or mess up on a test, you can do a better job next time and keep your job, or you might have extra credit later to cancel out the bad grade. None of that sort of stuff works with God and your sins. If it did, Jesus Christ died in vain. Only Jesus could pay the price your sins deserve.
And they are serious business. No matter how trivial we think the sin is, it’s a big deal. Even your smallest sin lands you in hell. Even your smallest sin caused the death of the Son of God.
Sorrow for that? Sure! Repent. You don’t have to do the sins Jesus has rescued you from. He freed you from them. That’s our joy and comfort: Jesus is our savior. Did your sinfulness cause His death? Yes, it did. Did the sins you do daily and much cause His death? Yes, they did. But Jesus did all that willingly to save you. All eyes off your sins and all eyes on Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” even your sins, too.
You can’t save yourself—not one bit. Trust Him. He died for you. He took your sins away. He delivers even more. It’s always more with the Lord! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.