February 16, 2009 - Monday of Sexagesima

Today's Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13

Daily Lectionary: Job 12:1-6,12-25; John 5:30-47

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Some people have the notion that God's Word is just information. It's like the stuff you learn in Algebra or History class. Your teacher teaches you some facts and later you have to apply them in doing your homework and then spit them back out for a quiz or test. In a similar way, some people think God's Word is just a bunch of facts to be learned, that faith is just being able to know some information.

How different God's Word really is! The Lord says that His Word goes forth and does things! It accomplishes what He sends it to do! If He sends His Law, it crushes sinners and drives them to despair of themselves. When He sends the Gospel, it brightens the downcast faces of troubled sinners and delivers forgiveness.

More than that, Jesus is the Word which has gone forth from the Father and accomplished what He was sent to do. He came to take away the sin of the world by dying on the cross and rising again. If the Son Himself, the Word-made-flesh hadn't done this, then God's Words would just be information and facts. But since the Word really did these things, the Word that is preached has power to save.

When you are baptized, the Word with the water does what it says—it makes you a child of God and puts His name upon you. When you are absolved that Word does what it says—takes away your sins on earth and before God Himself. When you eat and drink the bread and wine of the Sacrament, that Word does what it says—gives you the true body and blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins.

God's Word isn't just stuff to know. It's Words that do things. Saving. Forgiving. Delivering gifts. Calling to repentance. Bestowing Faith. Driving away the Devil. Comforting sinners. Giving eternal life. Accomplishing what the Lord wants, that is, your salvation. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Almighty God, Your Word is cast Like seed into the ground; Now let the dew of heav'n descend and righteous fruits abound. (LSB 577:1)