On The Way
July 12, 2015 PASTOR HOPKINS
Perhaps St. Catherine of Siena put it best when she wrote, “All the way (from here) to heaven is heaven, because Jesus said, ‘I AM the Way.’”
That means quite a lot for us at the Lutheran Church of the Way. It means that heaven is wherever Jesus is giving Himself: at Font, Pulpit, and Altar. It means that this place of worship is heaven’s embassy to earth. It means that this is the place where Jesus Gospels us, teaches us, shapes us, and sends us out to use us well. It means we are a people about His business, proclaiming the Good News in word and deed, that Jesus the Christ, True God, begotten of the Father from all eternity, and also True Man, born of the Virgin Mary, who was crucified, died, and buried, is now risen from the dead. He has won your life at the cost of His own. In Him you are free and not enslaved; you are alive and not dead; a new creation, with a future and a hope.
That is Easter. All Resurrection. All Gift. All Blessing. All Forgiveness. All For Free. All For You.
This is not a polemic. This is a proclamation. It is the declarative act of the One who spoke the cosmos into being. It is sure and certain, done and done, because God Himself has done it without your help or mine.
So it may seem strange that the God who does not need my help would use me anyways. But, as you’ll recall from the Gospels, that’s just His style – using the stuff of His creation to do His work: water, word, bread, wine, and even me, His unworthy servant.
More could be said; but for now, what does all this come down to? That Jesus is for you and not against you. That in Him you are never alone and never unloved. That you have a place in His Community. That He yearns to give you His gifts, and so take away the only thing you have to offer him; namely, your sin. You can look, but you won’t find a better deal.
So let us live together in Him who is the Life, speak together with Him who is the Truth, and gladly walk together in Him who is The Way.
To this Lord Jesus Christ, be all the glory now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.