Tuesday, June 26, 2018
1st John 2:1-2: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Jesus is the reason why we come together to worship. Jesus is the reason why we live and have purpose and meaning of life. Jesus is the reason why we have life and have it to the full. Jesus gave us forgiveness and peace and love. Our lives are built upon the foundation of Jesus, His life, death, resurrection, and ascension.
I remember when I was in St. Louis, going to the Seminary. After record snow fall and record spring rains, the Missouri and Mississippi rivers flooded. There was a news helicopter flying over a dike that breached. And on the formerly dry side of the dike was a farmhouse. The rush of the water swept the house right off of its' foundation.
John is writing his letter so that we will not get swept off the foundation of Jesus because we are sinning through thought, word, and deed. John is writing to us to forsake the sinful nature and build our lives on Jesus, the rock of our salvation. Jesus is the propitiation, source of our forgiveness and life with God the Father.
Jesus is IT. Dear Father, lead us by the Spirit to recognize more fully our sins that knock us off the foundation of Jesus as well as to the forgiveness of those sins by Jesus who puts us back on the foundation, 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.