01/17/2013

The “Byte” for this morning was written by Pastor Jon Bergemann who serves our brothers and sisters in Woodbridge, VA.  It is very well done and so I thought I would pass it along to you!  Enjoy!

Devotion:

The inauguration of a President is a pretty pricey event. It is estimated that in 2005 for President Bush’s inauguration, Washington, D.C. and the Federal government spent a combined $115.5 million, primarily on security. Virginia and Maryland also submitted bills totaling $75 million. That was with only 400,000 people attending the ceremony.

Then in 2009, the crowd swelled to 1.8 million people to see President Obama sworn in. Security costs ranged around $150 million. While the crowd may be smaller this time around, maybe only 800,000, the security will probably cost around $115 million. And all of this, of course, does not include the costs of set-up, clean-up, meals, banquets, balls, etc. Throughout the years some have wondered if all the cost of celebration is really worth it.

The inauguration of King Jesus into his public ministry was a far less costly event. No security. No cameras. No parades. No balls. But it did feature an event far more amazing than any presidential inauguration. This is what Luke 3 tells us: 21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, considered by many to be the inauguration or start of his public ministry, the Holy Spirit and the Father were there. The entire Trinity was seen and/or heard. What an event!

But more amazing was his following 3 year term of service. He would preach, teach, rebuke, encourage, heal, die, and rise. All so that God may be well pleased with you, his forgiven child. All so that the Holy Spirit would come upon you in the Word and sacraments.

The cost? His own life. Your benefit? Eternal life.

The good news? He still hasn’t left office. He still rules over all things for you, his beloved child. Celebrate! It’s worth it!

Thankful that King Jesus is forever in office for you and me,

Pastor Schumann

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