Last week we considered why Jesus came here--to "fulfill all righteousness," to put himself in our place to reconnect us with God. Yet why are we here? We are here to connect people to God their Savior. How do we do that? Through the faithful use of the Gospel in Word and Sacraments. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Hebrews 10:19-25 - Why Are We Here? To Connect People to God. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title or listen to the sermon by clicking on the Messages from the King graphic below.
What would you do if you found out that someone near and dear to you was willing to give you a most priceless treasure...for free, no strings attached? What would you do if you found out that that loved one would give you more new and priceless treasures every week? You'd hop in your car and race over to that loved one's home as fast as you possibly could. You'd make sure that you visited their home week in and week out. You'd do everything in your power to be there to receive such precious, priceless gifts. You would not want to miss out.
So what would you do if I told you that there is Someone near and dear to you, Someone who loves you dearly and unconditionally and who has a most priceless treasure for you free of charge, no strings attached? In fact, that Someone will give you new and priceless gifts every week.
Where do we find that loved one who gives us such priceless gifts? We find Jesus in his Word and in his Sacraments--in Baptism and in his Holy Supper.
The writer to the Hebrew Christians helps us to understand that. “So let us approach with a sincere heart, in the full confidence of faith, because our hearts have been sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.”
Jesus provides his own forgiving food. With his own body and blood, he nourishes your soul. He takes away your guilt. He strengthens your faith. He assures you that heaven is yours and enables you to keep going with your daily struggles. At his Table, Jesus feeds your soul with the life and forgiveness-giving food of himself, but before that, he had to cleanse your soul.
The writer here speaks of Holy Baptism. He speaks of guilty consciences cleansed of all their guilt, of “bodies…washed with pure water.” At the font, people from infants to elderly are brought to the Savior’s waiting arms. At the font, the Lord with cleansing waters forgives your sin, transforms sinners into sons and daughters, and raises you to new life.
So where does Jesus do all this? Where can you receive these precious gifts? In worship! When you and I gather for worship, God comes to us through word and water and meal. He comes so you can enjoy his gifts of grace, gifts that are ours because Jesus opened the way to God for us. Jesus reconnects you with God and welcomes you into his family.
We gather for worship to hear what our God has done through Jesus. We hear that gospel good news proclaimed through the lessons and the sermon and the liturgy each week. We recall the gospel as we see the baptismal font each week. We touch and taste the gospel as Jesus gives himself in his Supper. …And that gospel transforms our lives so we keep coming back! Your Loved One Jesus has priceless, precious treasures for you. Come and enjoy them with us next Sunday morning!
Connected to God Our Savior,
Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
- Psalm 71
- Luke 10:38-42
- Colossians 1:1-14
- Titus 1:1-9
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Pastor Away – Pastor will be attending the WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership in Chicago from Tuesday-Thursday, January 21-23. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care during that time, please call the church office @ 407-628-5696!
Divine Call Update - King of Kings has called Tim Kassulke to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Mr. Kassulke is presently serving at St. Mark's Lutheran School in Watertown, WI. Mr. Kassulke and his wife, Tammie, who also serves as a teacher at St. Mark's, have 5 adult children. Please keep their family in your prayers as Mr. Kassulke considers where best to serve our Lord in His Kingdom. (If you would like to offer personal encouragement to Mr. Kassulke, please reply to this e-mail to receive his contact information.)
Kindergarten Round-Up - Have a child entering Kindergarten next fall? Know of someone whose child is entering Kindergarten next fall? Then we would love to have you and them join us after worship on Sunday, February 23 for our annual Kindergarten Round-Up! Students can meet Mrs. Warnecke and see the classroom. You can learn about our Kindergarten program and scholarship opportunities. Be sure to share this as we look ahead to next school year!
Why Are We Here? - Why does King of Kings Lutheran Church exist? That might seem like an odd question, but what is our purpose? Why are we here? Who are we and where are we going? The answers we need start with a look back at why Jesus came in the first place. So join us Sundays through Feb. 23 @ 10 am as God provides us answers and so much more!
- January 26 (St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor) – To Connect People to God’s Word
- February 2 (Presentation of Our Lord) – To Connect People to God’s World
- February 9 – To Connect People to God’s People
- February 16 – To Connect People to God’s Work
- February 23 (Transfiguration of Our Lord/Funday Sunday) – Where Do We Go from Here?
What Does God Have to Say About Fear? - Fear is something that we all wrestle with in some way, shape, or form. We often do not realize how much fear motivates the choices we make or the actions we take. Yet our God confronts fear head on. So what does God have to say about your fears? Join us Sundays @ 9 am in the Family Life Center lunchroom as we learn about fear and what God has to say about it!
One Message, Multiple Options - We have been working hard to get our weekly sermon podcast up and running. As noted above, we've named it Messages from the King. You can also subscribe to receive the newest sermons as they are posted on the following platforms:
You can always visit our podcast site @ VisitKoK.com/Sermons
to listen to the latest sermons!Growing in Hope
– Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I learn more about Jesus? How can I become part of the King of Kings family? How can I grow in my understanding of God’s Word? Pastor offers Bible Information Class to answer these questions and more! New sessions start all the time! If you interested in joining our next session, reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!An Encouraging Word: The gospel is bearing fruit and growing in the entire world, just as it also has been doing among you from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth.