Today's Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:5
But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. (1 Corinthians 10:5)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God rescued them from Egypt. He fed them in the desert. He gave them water. But they went after false gods anyway and many died. God gives you His Son, puts you in His Church, and you run off and think the most important things are your car or your clothes or your job or friends or whatever. Repent! That's what St. Paul is telling us. He's warning us. Repent and be sorry for loving these things more than the Lord.
But true repentance isn't just being sorry. It's also trusting that for Jesus' sake your sins are forgiven. That's why Paul points out that they were baptized in the Red Sea and ate the spiritual food--the manna that was bread. You were baptized at the holy font of Christ's Church. You are fed with something far greater than bread, the Bread of Life, Jesus, who gave His flesh for the life of the world.
In other words, the Lord isn't just telling you, "You're a sinner!" He also gives Himself for your sins so that you won't have to perish for them. By His death and resurrection, Christ has taken away your sins. Everything you've thought, said, or done against God and your neighbor has been wiped out by the Savior. This even includes the sin you're born with is taken care of by the One into whom you were baptized and by Whom you are fed.
Jesus was nailed to a cross outside the city so that you would never be scattered into the wilderness. He suffered so that you would be redeemed. The very water and blood that spilled from His side on the day He died are your promise at the font and altar that His salvation is yours and you are set free. And God is pleased with you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer, Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me with Thy pow'rful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more; Feed me till I want no more. (Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer, LSB 918:1)