Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 2:1-22; 1 Peter 1:13-25

You were ransomed from your empty way of life, not with corruptible things like silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb spotless and without blemish, who was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in the last times for your sake. (1 Peter 1:13-20)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We like corruptible things. We like things that won’t last. We like things that break. We like things that break us! Things that turn us against our neighbor. Things that turn us away from the Lord, keep us from Him, keep us from receiving Him, His Word, and His Body and Blood.

Popularity. Being a better student than she is. Being a better friend than he is. Making and staying on the team. Playing on the team. Family. Work. Vacation. Partying the night before. We chase after “once in a lifetime opportunities,” as if the Creator of the universe’s coming with His Word and His Body and Blood aren’t really all that important.

But there’s something we like even more than all those corruptible things, that fade and are forgotten. We like the most corruptible thing around: our own works. What we do for the Lord is important to us. It’s why we can get around skipping out on Him. “I’m really sorry.” “I’ll do better next time.” Talk about empty words! “I actually go to church, unlike those people.” Even emptier words.

Eyes on our doing, other’s doing, and how our doing compares to other’s doing. Broken, empty, stained, spotted—that’s you and me. That’s all the corruptible things we want, too. Not just what we do or want in this life, but the works and ways and feelings we use to get right with God. All empty, vain, broken, meaningless, hell-worthy.

You must be redeemed, bought back, saved. Only the Lord can do it. He already has. He planned for it from before the foundation of the world. Jesus was predestined for you, to save you, to shed His blood for you. The immortal, eternal God, the Son of God, becomes a mortal man and dies. He makes your sin, your brokenness, your emptiness His. He’s poured out, dead, abandoned, so that you would never be.

He reveals this to you, distributes it to you, gives you the most precious thing right now, in these last times. The Creator of the universe gives you His Body to eat and His Blood to drink. And only in that blood, you’re redeemed, now and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Aaron Fenker

Lord may Thy body and Thy blood be for my soul the highest good! (I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table, LSB 618: Refrain)

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