Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Today’s Reading: Luke 12:35-40

Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 60:1-22; Luke 1:39-56

Stay dressed for action and keep your lamp burning and be like men looking forward to their lord coming from a wedding feast, so that when he comes and knocks, they might open immediately.” (Luke 12:35-36)

Merry Christmas! In the Name of Jesus. Amen. It’s going to be a great year. It just simply is. Whatever happened before has passed. It’s dead and buried in the grave with Jesus. He rose. And He left the bad stuff in the tomb.

Up, up, and away! That’s you. The sky’s the limit for you in 2016. You are going to fly. It’s going to be your “bestest” year. There’s no stopping the good that you are going to do for others–for mom and dad, for your grandparents, for your friends, and those people at church.

You are going to live this year like there might not be another year after this one. There might be another one. Be free enough to save money, to pay your debts, and settle in for the long ride. Or the ride may not be long at all.

It’s about Jesus. He’s coming again. He’s coming soon. Could be tonight. Could be tomorrow. Could be on your birthday. Could be on Leap Day. Could be any day.

The date isn’t known by anyone. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to happen. The surest thing about Jesus’ coming is that He is coming.

So when He arrives, be ready! Stand at the door looking out the window. He’s almost here! Be around His gifts for you. Remember your Baptism. Hear the Word of forgiveness. Eat the Body and Blood of Jesus. That’s the best way to wait for the Lord! Be in His gifts!

And if something terrible happens in 2016, in His Baptism, in His Word, in His Supper, you’ll be carried through until His coming to you. He won’t make the bad better. There’s no promise that He is going to do that! But He does make the bad forgiven. And if you die? Then, you’d really have the best year ever, for you’d be with Him forever.

It’s going to be a good year. You’ll see. It’ll be a Jesus year–His Word, His gifts, His forgiveness, His good from you to others through Him. Happy New Year! Merry Christmas! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.


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