Today’s Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13
Daily Lectionary: Job 13:1-12; John 6:1-21
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God’s primary action is to speak. He speaks this world into creation in Genesis. He speaks to Adam and Eve after their fall into sin of His promise to send a Savior. He speaks of Abraham’s being the father of many nations, and Moses’ bringing about Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. God speaks His Word through the angel Gabriel, telling Mary that the Holy Spirit has conceived Jesus in her womb. Jesus speaks and the sick are healed, the blind see, and dead are raised. Jesus speaks and the loaves and fish are multiplied and a widow who has lost her only son sees her son alive again. Jesus speaks to the world from the Cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” And, “It is finished.” After hearing that Word, people like a Roman centurion are brought to faith, and an Ethiopian eunuch asks for and receives Baptism for the remission of sins.
God is still speaking today through His Holy Word. Your pastor continues to let the Word of God rain down on you so that your sins are forgiven. His Word drenches you in the Divine Service as you are reminded of the baptismal grace given to you. The Word drenches you as you hear the words of Absolution and hear, “Take eat, take drink, for the forgiveness of all your sins.” This Word is sent for you and to the farthest reaches of the world to accomplish that for which it was sent: forgiveness, eternal life, and salvation.
The Word is not bound by man. It is not held back by “cleverly devised myths” (2 Peter 1:16), or even the unbelief of others. It has been sent to accomplish your salvation so that you may “go out with joy and be led forth in peace.” In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf
O Comforter of priceless worth, send peace and unity on earth;
support us in our final strife, and lead us out of death to life.
(Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word, LSB 655:3)