Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lent 2

Today's readings, again off-campus, were Jeremiah 26:8-15, Philippians 3:17-4:1, and Luke 13:31-35 (sermon text).

Jesus speaks to His child, Jerusalem, in exasperation - and in love. They give no heed to Him, rejecting Him, refusing to be protected. Who is Jerusalem today? The world - many people see Him as irrelevant or even an enemy; their obsession with stuff will consume them. The Church - not all pastors preach God's whole Word; we are becoming more like the world - why? What seems to be good (earth-focused, me-focused worship) is but a lie. The world's wisdom shapes us far too much. For what are we chasing after things?

We deserve Christ's rejection. But He promises to be always there for us. Since we are His 'chicks,' we matter to Him. Instead of us being devalued by death and Satan, Christ Jesus took the bait for us! In the Sacrifice we are reconciled to God! In the Sacrament we see Him after we sing "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD," as He prophesied. Now we have citizenship in heaven.

Till heaven, we work - vocation, prayer, fearlessness, taking refuge under His wings. We look forward to an eternity of singing the Lamb's praises.

Soli Deo gloria.

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