March 11, 2009 - Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 22:1-19; St. Mark 7:1-23

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified and died and was buried. He descended into hell, on the third day He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” (Second Article, Apostle’s Creed)

In the name of Jesus. Amen. “For me. For me. For me.” Confess the creed with “for me” on your lips.

I believe that Jesus Christ is for me. God’s Son is for me. The Lord is for me. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the blessed Virgin Mary on Christmas for me.

He lived His life for me. He suffered under Pontius Pilate for me. He was crucified for me. Yes, nails were driven into His hands and feet for me. Then, He died for me. He was even buried for me.

For me, for me, for me. That’s faith. All that Jesus did, He did for me

. And of course, I don’t deserve what He did. Unlike Jesus, I live only for me. I put myself before others. I hurt people.

And in spite of me living for me, Christ still came for me. He came to save me. To live His life for me and to die His death for me. To rescue me, to save me from me.

He didn’t stop there, did He? He wasn’t done being for me when He died. He descended into hell and had a victory parade informing the devil all that He had done for me, too.

Then He burst out of the tomb on Easter morning. The stone didn’t stop Him, nor did the guards. No, Jesus was that much for me. He ascended to heaven so that He could sit at the right hand of God. So that He would forever stand next to the Father as my Advocate, my Defender, my Savior. He stands there for me, for my good.

And one day very soon, He will come again with glory from heaven to judge the living and the dead. He’s not coming to catch me in my sins, to bust me with my hand in the cookie jar. No, He’s coming again to save me, to take me to be with Him forever and ever. I will always be with the Lord and He will wipe all my tears away.

Jesus is that much for me. He’s that much my Savior. He’s that for me, for me, for me! And He’s that much for you, for you, for you, too. In the name of Jesus. Amen.