Friday, December 3, 2021

What do they need?

As the parking lots overflow and the stores jingle with sounds of the season, we very well know that the month of December has arrived. And soon enough the checklist unfolds as the to-do list is far and wide. From decorations, to setting up the tree and sending out greeting cards, we are busy, busy, busy as the day of Christmas draws near.

And if this wasn’t stressful enough, the most difficult aspect of Christmas is finding the perfect gift for one another. We ask ourselves, “what do they need”. And of course, knowing the recipient of these gifts, we give accordingly.

And so it is with God. He gives you The Gift according to your needs. Of course, we thank the Lord for all that He has given...

“my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals and all that I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life” [Explanation of Apostles Creed Art II]

Yet there is even more! As recipients of His bountiful and most merciful blessings, our Lord gives according to our greatest need.

“In your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him” [Prayer of Thanksgiving DS Setting IV]

Due to the fall in sin, we are dead in our trespasses and separated from God. Yet our Lord sees our human affliction of sin and rather than deserting us, He makes His way into the world. Through the blessed incarnation our Lord came to fulfill the law and bear the burden of sin and death upon Himself. Jesus knew our need and thus our Savior fulfilled this need as He willingly went to the Cross to fulfill your need as your greatest gift.

For in Him, you have received the gift of eternal life forgiveness and salvation. No one else could give you such things but only Christ who fulfills your greatest need by His death and resurrection. And of course, in the Sacraments, your trust is in the promise of God, that in faith, He has given you the robe of righteousness and the iron-clad blessed assurance that your sins [by the promise of Christ] are forgiven.

“What do they need”?

God knows.

It’s Jesus For you.

Have a blessed Christmas!

✝️ Pastor Jeong

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