Wednesday, August 23, 2017
1st Corinthians 11:23-25: For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
This coming Sunday is the blessing of the students, their backpacks, and teachers of Faith Lutheran School. The theme for this coming school year is, "Caution: God at Work: Under Construction." I am looking forward to a great year with a great staff. It is all about building up young people, their families, along with the staff.
At the same time, we need to realize that we are broken. Sin is a part of our lives. We cannot escape it. What God created good, sin corrupted and ruined. It's a lot like mold in a house. The house was built solid. At the same time, mold got into it through some form of water leakage or damage. Unchecked growth of mold and moisture can ruin a house. And once it's found, it needs to be removed and the damaged area replaced and repaired because mold will not go away if you try to cover it up. The action of sin is much like the action of mold. If it is not removed, it will completely corrupt the person. The "house" is broken.
And the way that sin is removed is by Jesus' broken body and shed blood. That is what cleanses and repairs the house. And it is the same broken body that is "in, with, and under" the bread of Holy Communion along with the same blood that is "in, with, and under" the wine of Holy Communion. Because of Jesus, we are built in a new house that is free from sin, death, and the influence of Satan. We are brand new.
This rebuilt house is strong in Jesus. This rebuilt house has a "new lease on life." This new life lives for Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit with Jesus. God, lead us to live lives as strong houses, rebuilt and relying on You. We pray in Jesus' name, amen.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.