Sunday, February 9, 2014

"It Is Good That We Are"

It is good that we are here—very good indeed. For just  as God opened up the kingdom of heaven to give Peter, James, and John a glimpse of its glory and what was waiting for them—what awaits all of us at the Resurrection--on the mountain of ...Transfiguration, He opens heaven to us in the Divine Service. In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit you were baptized into the kingdom of heaven. Every time you hear those words, God’s very name given to you and indelibly stamped upon you, God is declaring again that in His infinite mercy He has opened the kingdom of heaven to you and all who believe and share the same Baptism. What is more, you have a seat in those heavenly realms with Jesus at His banquet table—even now—eating and drinking with Him and of Him in the Sacrament of the Altar.

Yes, it indeed very good that we are here. But by here, that is not to say 74 N. Fort Lane Blvd. in Layton, Utah. There is not anything special about these coordinates of the map, this section of the plat book, or even the interior of this building with our pews, organ, lectern, altar, font, banners, paraments, and even crosses and crucifixes. These could all just as easily be used for ill as for good.

What makes it good that we are here, is that here God has chosen to gather us to speak to us—not with a disembodied voice booming from a cloud of overshadowing light, but with the voice of one of the countless ministers of the Word He has sent into the world and will continue to send until Jesus comes again in all His glory to judge the living and he dead.

To hear and or read the entire sermon preached for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, "It Is Good That We Are," click on this link.

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