Reflections: Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Today’s Reading: Luke 12:35-40

Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 60:1-22; Luke 1:39-56

Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. (Luke 12:37)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Happy New Year! The 365th day of 2021 will soon be ending. 2022 is just around the corner. While 2021 had its joys, many people will be glad to put it in the history books. Here’s to a new and brighter future!

Do you plan to stay up and wait for the clock to hit midnight? When I was a kid, it was a thrill to be able to stay up late and be a part of the festivities. In my teenage years and in college, midnight was often when evening plans began. Now that I’ve put quite a few New Years in the rearview mirror, I’m lucky If I can stay awake to watch the ball drop on the east coast before I fall asleep. 

Waiting for the New Year to arrive should also remind you that as Christians, we also wait for Christ to arrive. While we know that the New Year comes at midnight, the coming of Christ is different. “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40).

Something strange happens when the Son of Man comes, though. In any other situation, the household waits up for the master so that they can serve his needs. But Jesus turns the tables upside down. “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them” (Luke 12:37). 

The master serves the servants! This is how things work in the upside-down, topsy-turvy kingdom of heaven. It’s worth the wait. But then again, you don’t really have to wait. The Master gives you a little preview of His return every Lord’s Day as you recline at His altar and He serves you His Body and Blood. 

Watch. Wait. And prepare for the Master’s return by going to His altar. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Jesus, guard and guide Thy members, Fill them with Thy boundless grace, Hear their prayers in ev’ry place. Fan to flame faith’s glowing embers; Grant all Christians, far and near, Holy peace, a glad new year! Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness, Christ has done away with sadness! Hence, all sorrow and repining, For the Sun of Grace is shining! (“O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly” LSB 897 st.4)

Rev. Jacob Ehrhard is pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, IL.

Audio Reflections Speaker: Pastor Duane Bamsch