Friday of the 16th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 5:22-6:9; Matthew 9:1-17

You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it. (Deuteronomy 5:27)

In the Name + of Jesus. Have you ever argued with your friends about doing something dangerous? "You do it!" "No, YOU do it!" The Israelites told Moses, "YOU do it! You go up close to the mountain!" The thunder and lightning from the mountain and the fearsome presence of the Lord on Mt. Sinai was more than the Israelites could bear. So they told Moses to go and talk to God.

It's a fact that if we sinners were to approach God's awesome glory and majesty, we'd be toast. You can't just waltz into God's presence and expect to slap Him a high five--not when you've got sins. That's why God becomes man. That's why Jesus comes. Since we can't get near God, He comes near to us and in a way that's not scary or dangerous.

Smoke? Fire? Thunder? The blast of a horn? Nope. As a baby in a manger of all places. Guy in a river, bowing His head to be baptized. Silent before His accusers. Nailed to a cross. How can any of that be scary? But when God looks LEAST like God, that's when Jesus is doing what is most Godly of all: saving you from your sins.

Jesus comes so that God can get near us without killing us. Instead, as true God and true MAN, Jesus can get near us and save us. He can take our sins upon Himself. He can suffer and die for them.

But there will come a day when we stand in His glorious presence. What then? Is that the day we get vaporized? Hardly. That's the day you're prepared for because Jesus died and rose for you. You're ready because you've been clothed with Christ in Holy Baptism and in fact, by His Supper, Christ Himself lives in you. All the gifts that Christ gives you now in His church have prepared you to see the Lord face to face and not die but live. That day will not be a day of terror but of rejoicing forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Around the throne of David, The saints, from care released, Raise loud their songs of triumph To celebrate the feast. They sing to Christ their leader, Who conquered in the fight, Who won for them forever Their gleaming robes of white. (Jerusalem the Golden, LSB 672:3)


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