In the middle of the night there was a cry, “Look, the Bridegroom! Come out to meet Him!” (Matthew 25:6)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Lord will come as He promised. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament He made that Promise, and the Lord keeps His promises. He was born. He died. He rose. All according to His Word of Promise.
The Lord doesn’t just give His promises once or twice but pours them forth. Again and again He gives them. Always more keeping His promises. Always more delivering His Word.
Whenever you’re about the Lord’s promises, receiving them, hearing them, believing them, rejoicing in them, praise the Lord! The Spirit has worked that as a gift for you! But when you’re about other things, well, that’s all you. And we are about our things and ourselves most of the time. When it comes to the Lord’s things, His Word and Promise, we’re all about calculation.
Putting calculation and the Lord’s promises together is foolish. “I don’t have to hear more, don’t have to receive more. I’ve gotten enough Promise, enough Word, enough forgiveness, enough of His Body and Blood. I don’t need to go to church. I think my relationship with God is great, and so I’ve calculated that I’m good in the God department.”
In the middle of the night, unexpectedly, the cry will go out. Those who calculated will be out. Their works, schedule, calculation did it. The wise, those who had the Lord’s oil, and His giving to them, are in. Their calculation: “I need more!” Enough was never enough.
The Lord does so give. More Word, more Promise. His Word “makes you wise unto salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15). Jesus died and rose. He will come again. In the meantime, more and more: water, preaching, Absolution, Body and Blood. Always more from Him for you, and He will come for you, too. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Aaron Fenker
O Lord, absolve Your people from their offenses that, from the bonds of our sins which by reason of our frailty we have brought upon ourselves, we may be delivered by Your bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit , one God, now and forever. (Collect for the Last Sunday of the Church Year)