St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor

Today's Reading: Acts 16:1-5

Daily Lectionary: Joel 3:1-21; Romans 12:14-13:14

Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. (Acts 16:1)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Timothy is an example of how the Gospel is for everyone. His mother was Jewish and his father was a Greek. Normally the Jews and Gentiles didn't have anything to do with one another. But here we see an example of a young man who became a Christian. The example the Lord makes of Timothy is that Jesus is for both Gentiles and Jews. He is the Savior of all people.

St. Luke (the author of the Book of Acts) tells us that Timothy was circumcised on account of the Jews. That way, they would be more receptive to his and Paul's preaching. St. Timothy was one of the men Paul ordained to be a pastor. He wrote two epistles (letters) to Timothy, too. Timothy was a faithful pastor who learned much from St. Paul.

Timothy learned from Paul how Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Scriptures. He was taught that Christ lived and then gave His life as a ransom for sinners. He knew that Christ had been raised from the dead. After all, Timothy learned from Paul who had himself seen Jesus.

So Timothy's job was to preach the Gospel--to speak the Good News to sinners that their sins are forgiven for Jesus' sake. That's the same job as your pastor--to deliver Jesus' good gifts to you. Water and the Word in Baptism. The pardon of Absolution. The Good News of the Gospel. The Supper of Christ's Body and Blood.

Today we give thanks for St. Timothy, a pastor ordained by St. Paul the Apostle. He provides a model and pattern for our pastors today, for whom we also give thanks. Your pastor is the Lord's gift to you, whereby He may give you His good gifts by which the Spirit brings you to the faith and keeps you in that faith in the Christian church. We need our pastors. They give us Jesus and point us to Him! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

All praise for faithful pastors, Who preached and taught Your Word; For Timothy and Titus, True servants of their Lord. Lord, help Your pastors nourish The souls within their care, So that Your Church may flourish And all Your blessings share. (By All Your Saints in Warfare, LSB 517:11)

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