In Daily Reflections

Today’s Reading: Ephesians 2:13-22
Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 10:1-23; John 14:1-17

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Do you ever feel alone? Maybe it’s deeper than just a feeling. Maybe more than just alone—abandoned. Maybe you are alone in this life. Maybe you aren’t. Whatever your case may be, you really aren’t alone.

You should be. That’s the result of sin. “In Adam we have all been one, one huge rebellious man” (LSB 569). Sin separated us from God. It separated us from each other. It made us truly alone and dead. But take heart, dear Christian! You truly aren’t alone.

“Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Jesus was alone and abandoned for you. His disciples all fled except one. Peter denied even knowing Jesus. Judas betrayed Him. He was left alone with just sin: your sin, my sin, the sin of every single person who’s ever lived or will live. Even forsaken by the Father—“My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)

But in and through His blood and death there is no more separation: “the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51). You have free access to the Father’s throne. But more than that, Jesus is one with you and you with Him. You were brought near through His blood, sprinkled in His blood, baptized into His cross and empty grave, you are brought near. You are in Christ Jesus. You are a child of the Father. Nothing can ever, ever, ever change that.

You may be alone, maybe you’re not; you may feel alone, maybe you don’t. Doesn’t matter. No matter what, you’re not far from God, or rather He’s not far from you. You’re in Jesus, baptized into Him. You’ve been sprinkled with His blood at the font. You are a full child of the Father, just like Jesus. Nothing can change that—not your sin, not your life, not your loneliness. One thing never changes: you’re baptized. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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