Peace Lutheran Church Natoma, Kansas
Who is Jesus? What does He do?
Have you ever been asked those questions? How did you answer them?
To describe who Jesus is and what He does is at the same time both simple and complicated. You could easily summarize everything in a single sentence, and yet still find that that sentence in no way renders justice to a proper definition of Jesus.
Such is the case when trying to describe someone who is both God and man; someone who knows the glory and power and authority of the God-head, yet also knows what it is like to walk a dusty road, to sit around a table with family and friends and celebrate a wedding feast, or mourn the passing of a dear friend; someone who knows what it is like to lay down His sweet head on a bed of straw, and who knows what it is like to suffer and die.
Perhaps when I opened with the question of who Jesus is and what He does, you immediately thought of the Second Article and its meaning as found in Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. And for that you are correct. That is who Jesus is, and it is what He does. To put it simply, He is your redeemer. He has overcome sin, death and hell for you, so that you might have eternal life with Him.
Now that we know who Jesus is and what He does, the next question is: ‘how does He do it?’ And that will be the theme of our Advent services this year.
For when we examine how Christ saves us, it can best be summed up in the three fold office of Christ: Prophet, Priest and King.
Christ is a Prophet as He tells us what God has done in the past; what He is doing amongst us today; and what He will do for us in the future.
Christ is a Priest as He goes to the cross, shedding His blood thus making the ultimate sacrifice of His life, so that we might live.
Christ is a King as He rules over His kingdoms of the Church, the world, and the heavens.
Each of these offices can be seen held in some capacity by others. There are numerous prophets throughout the Old Testament, some more successful than others; there is an entire tribe devoted to being priests, some more faithful than others; and then there are a variety of kings, some good and some bad.
But Christ in His perfection fulfills and completes these offices in His life, death and resurrection in ways that no one before or since could.
And the fulfillment of these offices begins with His incarnation; for it is from the manger of Bethlehem that the march to the cross and the empty tomb begins.
Join us on Wednesday evenings, December 5, 12, and 19 at 7PM as we examine these offices of Christ.
On Christmas Day, we will gather and hear of Christ as our Messiah. For that is where the offices of Christ all lead to: Christ saving us.
In addition to the midweek services, I invite you to also make use of the Advent devotionals provided by Lutheran Hour Ministries.
God Bless! Pastor Schmidt