On Any Sunday

There was an old documentary called, “On Any Sunday.” It was over motorcycle sports. I think it even won an academy award a long time ago. However, motorcycles aren’t my topic today. My topic is the title “On Any Sunday.” On any Sunday people sleep in. On any Sunday people enjoy time with their family. On any Sunday people go to church. I know, churches may not have as many people attending as they once did, but it is still true. Jesus’ Church still exists. Wherever God’s Word is faithfully taught, and the sacraments, instituted by Jesus, are faithfully observed, there Jesus’ Church meets, and will continue to meet until our Lord returns.

The world is in a constant state of turmoil. Society changes and ideas change. God does not change. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17 ESV) There is comfort in God, who never changes and whose word does not come and go like the shadows around us. There is peace in the constant presence of God’s Law and God’s Gospel, God’s commands that never change and God’s constant promise of forgiveness in Jesus. The world may debate what is right and what is wrong. We see wars and rumors of war, calamity, and disaster. Jesus warned us this would be the case. (Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7) We need a place of stability and sanity. While we debate such trivial matters as, “is there a chicken sandwich place that is closer to God?” Jesus waits. Culture turns on a dime. On any Sunday Jesus’ Church waits with His unchanging Word.

Are we sinners in need of hearing God’s law and being called to repentance. Yes. And in church god’s law waits. Are we sinners weighed down with sin and needing God’s forgiving Gospel, the good news of Jesus forgiveness? Yes. And in church that Gospel waits. In Church Jesus waits in His Word, and in the water and Word of Baptism, and the bread and wine that He tells us is His body and blood. In Church God waits to give you His gifts of eternal life and salvation. In Church God waits to strengthen you with words that do not change, and comfort you with promises that do not change. No matter how wild or scary the world looks, Jesus Word is stronger, and it waits for you, any given Sunday.

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