Today’s Reading: Ephesians 3:1-12
Daily Lectionary: Ezekiel 3:12-27; Romans 2:1-16
This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:11)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The mystery is not that God exists. That is so poor a secret that we’ll try and find Him in every idol we craft, convinced that He’s finally on our side. It’s so poor a secret that atheists are mad at Him in whom they don’t believe, which is harder than it sounds. How often are you mad at a unicorn? The mystery is not even that He’s for the Gentiles. Today it’s harder to convince people that a God who made everyone wouldn’t be thrilled with us no matter what we look like.
The mystery is not God. The mystery is not for the Gentiles. The mystery is Christ for you. God has an eternal purpose: to save sinners. He came to save Jews and Gentiles, but more specifically, to save you. Before He ever spoke and said, “Let there be light,” He knew what would happen. He knew your sins—all of them. Then, when creation fell with Adam, God followed us down, all the way to the tomb. That’s the mystery. Jesus died for you. God became man to die and rise so that you, who are dead in your idolatries, and are enemies of God, could be reconciled. The mystery has a name. Paul calls it the Gospel. It lets us stop trying to control God by finding Him in idols. It makes peace between God and the sinners who could not by their own reason or strength believe. It names us something more than a race. We are the sinners Jesus died for. Our confidence is in Him. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Harrison Goodman
Giver of grace, descend from high; Your sev’nfold gifts to us supply; Help us eternal truths receive And practice all that we believe; Give us Yourself that we may see The glory of the Trinity. (Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid, LSB 500:3)