Friday, June 7, 2013
Makes no sense. . .
It should not surprise us. Jesus Himself insists that His Gospel makes sense only to the dying. Oh, Jesus put it slightly differently. He is the Great Physician who has come for the sick, those who know they are ill unto death, and not for the righteous... But we have forgotten much of what Jesus said and what He meant by this. We have instead moved in the direction of a Jesus who is come to reward the good with more, not the Jesus who rescues the dead from their trespasses and body of death.
Worship has become something that must be intelligible to the man on the street, something that offers good to the good, better to the striving, and best to those who heed His Word (obedience). But to the wounded, to the hopeless, to the dying... there is only a question. Why is my life not better?
But to the dying, to the wounded, to the sinner carrying a load of guilt, and to those who have given up on a better life now, the Divine Service speaks, sings, and prays the good news that is beyond imagination. The Pharisee has no need of this. He has his works. The righteous have no need of this. He has his good life. The whole have no need of this. He sees himself as well. The living, who looks for more of what he has, has no need of this. He has his good life now, getting better each day in some small way...