Going back to the days of the exodus from slavery in Egypt and before, God spoke to His people. He had wrestled with Jacob. He called Adam by name. He came to Abraham when he was already an older man and told him that he would be a father. He comes to us today in Word and Sacrament – in the Bible and Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. God still speaks to His people.
From our modern and somewhat jaded perspective, we may be tempted to think less highly of God’s current form of communicating with us. Many of us would rather He present Himself and His will with thunderbolts and earthquakes. I am not sure about that, though. Having been caught in tornados, feeling the earth quake under my feet, seeing the birth of livestock, and death of elderly congregational members I have had opportunity to witness much of God’s power and experience His grace.
Like the Psalmist of old I stand in awe of God and His revealed power and love. Nowhere is His love more evident than in the cross of His beloved Son Jesus Christ. There God made the ultimate sacrifice for sinners. There He spent His Son’s bloody death on a Roman cross as the single payment which would redeem inners from an eternity in hell.
This is what gives us the opportunity and the reason to celebrate God! Jesus did not stay dead. He rose. He is alive! In the redemption God offers us in Jesus God gives us a future! When a person is caught in a tornado, washed away in a flash flood, or shaken by an earthquake sitting at the bed side of a dying relative or friend much become trivial we still experience God’s power and can hear His voice.
Join with the Psalmist and say:
Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
They called to the Lord, and he answered them.
In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
they kept his testimonies
and the statute that he gave them.
O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Exalt the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy! (Psalm 99:6-9)
We pray: O Lord, we offer to you our thanks and praise for all things, especially the person, work, and salvation won by your Son Jesus Christ. In His name. Amen.