September 9th, 2018

Read: LUKE 7:1-10 & PSALM 39

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

"He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities." (PSALM 103:10)


If Jesus came to be a guest in your home, how would you prepare? When Jesus arrived, would you let Him in? Jewish elders approached Jesus on behalf of a Roman centurion. They asked the Lord to come and heal the officer's servant. The Roman, they said, loved Israel and had built their synagogue. He was worthy to have Jesus' help. As things turned out, the centurion understood by faith what the elders did not. He knew he was not worthy, and for that reason he would not invite Jesus into his home. He knew that Jesus's word, even at a distance, would be enough to heal his dying servant.

Although we may like to pretend we are worthy of God's favor, we must confess, like the Roman centurion, that we are not at all worthy. In fact, we were worse that unworthy. We were "dead in our trespasses" (Ephesians 2:5). Just as Jesus raised up the dying servant through the saving power of His word, we, too, have been raised to new life through the saving Word of the Gospel. We were unworthy, lost, helpless, and dead in sin, but God "made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5). We are saved by God's grace, His favor for undeserving sinner. His Word is enough.

"Lord, thank You for Your saving Word.Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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