Jesus has it covered. “If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” (Matthew 21:3) You know this story so well, the facts are so familiar and so deeply ingrained that you go, Yep, uh huh, I know the story. But pause just for a moment here. Jesus calls himself “Lord,” namely, God. Jews would have heard this as blasphemous, and often accused Jesus of this. The Romans would have heard this as treasonous, because they would have said, “Caesar is lord.” And Jesus is saying, “No, I’m Lord. I am in authority over everyone and everything that has ever lived upon the earth or will ever live upon the earth.”
They went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do and things happened exactly as Jesus said they would. Now I wouldn’t recommend going to Best Buy and saying, “I’m going to take a couple of 80 inch flat screen TVs off your hands – the Lord needs them.” I wouldn’t recommend this approach at your local car dealership. But if the Lord Jesus came to you and told you to do this, you could. Why?
Because he is our all-knowing Lord. He knows everything – how many hairs are left on your head, the exact location of that receipt you can’t find in order to finish your taxes, who will win the election in 2020, how and when this Covid-19 pandemic will ease up. He knows how and when our economy will respond the current forced downturn. And he knew precisely where and how his two disciples would find that colt. This may not seem like a big deal but this Almighty Lord Jesus can do anything he wants – change water into wine, heal the sick, raise the dead.
The implications of this for us personally are tremendous. Even though we can’t see around the next bend of life, we can’t anticipate the next curve ball life will toss our way, we have no clue what will happen to us a day/week/month/year/10 years from now—Jesus does and says, “Don’t sweat it. Don’t worry. I am with you. I will never leave you or forsake you.” Job loss, health crisis, family emergency – Jesus says, “I see what’s coming. I will be there with you. I will be there for you. I will see you through.”
Jesus knows. In Revelation 2 & 3, Jesus makes several statements in which he tells us what he knows about us:
- “I know your afflictions” (2:9
- “I know where you live” (2:13)
- I know your deeds, your love and faith” (2:19)
In Psalm 139:1, David offers this simple, comforting assessment: “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.” Psalm 121:8 offer this comfort: “The Lord will watch over your going and your coming from now to eternity.”
In these uncertain, often frightening times, may this timeless truth calm anxiety and fear: Jesus knows. He knows me! And he continues to watch over me and work all things out for my eternal good.
30 Days of Gratitude:
#4 – Books; whether audiobooks/ebooks/old-fashioned print books; love to read!
#5 – Health care workers; grateful for their “front line” service during these times
#6 – Connections with family and friends during these “stay at home” days
#7 – The opportunity to daily focus on Jesus during this Holy Week
Trinity family, please be sure to read the following letter from our principal, Michael Wieting. Please give this matter your prayerful attention.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Lutheran Church,
This letter is to inform you as members of Trinity Lutheran Church that on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, I received a Divine Call to serve as principal and 5th through 8th grade teacher at Our Savior’s Lutheran School in Wausau, Wisconsin.
It is truly a humbling and awe-inspiring opportunity to deliberate two calls, and I ask that you keep the congregations of Our Savior’s, Wausau, and Trinity, Minocqua, in your thoughts and prayers as well as my family. Also, please feel free to share your feelings, comments, and questions as I seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in where I can best serve my risen Lord and Savior.
Principal, Trinity Lutheran School - Minocqua
God keep you in his gracious care,
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand