February 4th, 2018

Read: REVELATION 21:21-37 & PSALM 115

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

"And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and te street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass." (REVELATION 21:21)

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

A pearl necklace does not have pearls as large as the ones described in the text above - a single pearle large enough to be a gate. Nor do the pearls in a necklace match perfectly. And dependant on numerous factors, one pearl necklace does not fit all.

But "condemned under the Law as sinner" does fit all people. Everyone falls short. We are sinners and stand condemned before a righteous God.

Thanks be to God, who sent Christ to save us. Salvation is also a one-size-fits-all. "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people . . . our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good work" (Titus 2:11, 13-14). Jesus Christ is the pearl of great price. Through faith in Christ Jesus, wrought by the Holy Spirit, those who believe in the cleansing blood of Jesus are saved from all sin, death, and eternal separation from God.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for dying in my stead for the sin I have committed. Thank You that although the one shoe of salvation firs all who believe. Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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