Man is that sun ever HOT! If your grass and your flowers are not kept properly watered that hot sun will scorch those plants to death. It often feels like it could very easily do the same to us! But the same sun that scorches to death is also the source of life on Earth. God is a little bit like that. He has the power to scorch all of us with His righteous judgment because of our sin. But He is also the source of life. In His Son Jesus He is the source of everlasting life. He has scorched His Son to death with His righteous judgment instead of us because He loves us so much He desires for all of us to be saved. In Jesus our Heavenly Father is our Source of life. He is the living water that flows to us and through us that saves us eternally.
Please permit me to change the metaphor. We’re still talking about eternal life, but now, instead of Sun and Water we are talking about Bread from heaven. In the first three Gospel readings for the month of August we look at John 6 where Jesus describes Himself as the Bread from Heaven Who gives everlasting life. Feasting upon Him, believing in Him, saves us from God’s wrath and gives life eternal.
On August 5, the Gospel for the week is John 6:22-35. The people ask Jesus for a sign saying that Moses gave their ancestors bread from heaven (manna). Jesus countered with the fact that the bread from heaven was from the Heavenly Father, not Moses, and that He, Jesus, is the better bread from heaven because He gives eternal life.
On August 12, Jesus continues this thought in John 6:35-51. When some of the people grumble, Jesus tells them, “No one can come to Me unless theFather Who sent me draws him.” Jesus concludes the passage with this amazing summary, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
On August 19, Jesus concludes chapter 6 speaking to His disciples in John 6:51-69. The disciples are having trouble understanding all that Jesus has to say. When Jesus asks them if they want to leave Him as well, Peter responds for them all by saying,
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eternal life, and we have believed and come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” So even though they were having trouble, they still got the important stuff!
On August 25th, we return to the Gospel according to St. Mark, Mark 7:1-13. In this passage Jesus warns against making tradition more important than the Word of God. We who love the history and traditions of our church need to heed Jesus’ warning as well. Everything we do must be done to serve the purpose of proclaiming the living Word of Christ to all people (Luke 24:47, Matthew 28:19-20), and not just because it is tradition.
The latest on my health is that the spot on my lung as grown only a minute amount. We are going to blast it with radiation. This time instead of getting radiation for 6 weeks like I did last year, I will only get it for a few days. There are still no new outgrowths of cancer in my body. We thank the LORD for that! As far as me knee goes, I can no longer put it off. I will have knee replacement surgery this Fall.
We live in the Light and receive Life as we feast of the Bread of Life Who gives us life everlasting. Enjoy your celebration of life in the beautiful sunshine and blue skies
(even if it’s just looking through a window on the HOT days!).
God’s blessings in Jesus!