Gathering Times

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

From Pastor Becker’s Heart to Yours….
This past month [July 2013] saw major gatherings of Christians. Does the fact that 25,000 LCMS youth can be in San Antonio, TX for a gathering mean anything for the future of the Church? Does the fact that 3 million young people gathered for World Youth Day in Brazil to be with Pope Francis mean anything for the future of the Church? Does the fact that over one thousand LCMS delegates had a remarkably peaceful and harmonious convention in St. Louis mean anything for the future of the Church? Does the fact that thousands of young people made a pilgrimage to Taize, France mean anything for the future of the Church?

German Pastor and theologian Hermann Sasse preached an Advent sermon on December 15, 1940: “The Christian faith has never been a private, personal matter. Jesus Christ has never been a private, personal matter. He is no private, or personal Savior, but the Savior of the world. He will come again openly to judge the living and the dead, the members of his church, and all people…..You young people, eagerly looking toward the future – do you really think the church is a lost cause, believing in Jesus Christ, in a message and man from the past? No, if there is anything in the world which has a future, it is the church. Perhaps it will be a future hard for any of us to imagine. But it will have a future when everything that man can imagine or paint is gone. For the future of the church is the future of Christ. She wanders through the anxiety and distress of this world from his first advent to his last, from his incarnation to his return. Yes, the future of our Lord Jesus Christ – that is the blessed future of the church. Amen.”

Many things, mass gatherings and conventions included, may be well and good, but they tell us nothing about the future of the Church. Until the end of time, the Lord Jesus will continue to gather His children around the apostles’ doctrine, the fellowship, the breaking of the bread and the prayers. If you ever think that you have found anyone or anything more worthy of your complete devotion and attention, we can be sure that deception of the worst kind is at work. Would the Lord say to us as he said to Martha of old, “21st century Christians, you are anxious and worried about many things.” ? As we go back to work and school after summer vacation, remember that our future is the future of our Lord Jesus who loves us with an unimaginable love.

Pastor Paul Becker