Daily Lectionary: Genesis 49:29-50:7,14-26; Mark 14:1-11
Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy. (Psalm 43:3–4, from the Introit for Lent 5)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There’s always more with the Lord! He sent forth His Son to save you. “Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. The Light no darkness can overcome.” He is the “Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through” Him (John 14:6)
Still more: “Sanctify them in Your Truth, Your Word is Truth” (John
Still more: “This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth” (1 John 5:6)
Always more with the Lord, and you’ll see, hear, and receive that again tomorrow.
Why do you go to church? What brings you there? Are you forced to go? Do you feel obligated to go? Is it your brownie points for God time? Is it an excuse to do what you want the rest of the week? Is it your exceeding joy to go? Are you actually happy to go to church, or will you fall asleep if you go? Tired of all the Jesus talk? Repent of that. Kill that. That’s your Old Adam. He doesn’t just want you to sleep on Sundays (in the pew or in your bed). He wants you to sleep the sleep of the second death—that’s hell!—where you don’t sleep but where the “worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:48).
Jesus brings you to church to enlighten you, to give you His Truth—the Truth that His death saved you from your Old Adam, from your sins, from hell itself. You don’t need to be stuck in that rut anymore! He really has saved you. He brings you to His altar “to eat His Body and drink His Blood as He bids us do in His own testament” (Divine Service: Setting 1, Prayer of Thanksgiving)
There He brings Himself the closest to you that’s possible in this life. The only time you’ll be closer is in eternal life—face to face!
There’s always more with the Lord. He brings you to church to ascend His holy hill, to approach His altar. He’s there with His Body and Blood week after week, after week, after week. Your whole life through He’s there, until you’re with Him face to face. His Body and Blood is the Light to make you light. He brings Himself to you and you to Him tomorrow and every other Divine Service. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation Which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people; A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. (Nunc Dimittis, Divine Service: Setting 1)