I took a break from my computer and office today on several occasions to walk around our building, to talk to the few staff who were on site, and to wave from a distance at some of our families coming to pick-up school books.
Your warm smiles and “I miss you” were encouraging to me. It reminded me of how God has created us to be social creatures. We like to see one another… talk to one another… to be with one another. When we can’t live out our essential created social natures out of love for our neighbors, it hurts. Something is missing… it just doesn’t seem right.
This design of humanity also reflects the image of God. God is social. He desires communion with His creation, especially with us. When mankind ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, we no longer had communion with God. Sin separates sinners from God. Sinners cannot have communion with Him. Even worse, God could not expect that man would fix the problem. The Fall into sin was so disastrous that man was in total rebellion against his Creator. God would not have it. Something had to be done. God would have to do it Himself for us.
And He did. God became man in the person of Jesus Christ in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Jesus was often in the midst of social gatherings. He went to baptisms, weddings, funerals and sat with thousands and thousands. He sought out the crowds of lepers and the ones in the crowd whom most people overlooked – the blind, the lame, and the mute. He loved them in that he proclaimed Good News to the poor and healed their afflictions. Even in His way of sorrow, that is, the way to the cross, many followed. He hung between two criminals. Jesus was in the midst of humanity justifying humanity. The great exchange is that He took upon Himself our sin, all of it, and gave to us His righteousness so that those who by faith believe might have communion with Him.
Jesus lives. He died and rose again. I know and believe this as true! His desire for communion with us has never changed. He is as near to us as His promises of grace: “Lo, I am with you always” he said, wherever disciples are being made by “baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching all things whatsoever [He] has commanded you.” Matt 28:19. Our social God comes to us who are weary and forlorn, sleepy and anxious, saying, “Have no fear little flock.”
PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, my brother and Savior, I praise you for rescuing me from sin, death, and the devil’s power by your innocent suffering and death. Thank You for Your great love and undeserved sacrifice that won me, a lost and condemned creature, to be Yours. Give me faith to trust Your reconciling work and live in the knowledge of Your salvation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. [Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation. CPH:2017, pg. 187]
Rev. Stephen W. Kieser, headmaster