Thursday, February 25, 2010
It is all really simple
In Matins this morning Pastor read Luke 11: 14-36. He pointed out verse 24: "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.'"
He asked why do the unclean spirits pass through waterless places seeking rest? To help answer he then asked the kids where do the unclean spirits live and eventually they answered in hell, after a brief discussion on living in our hearts which one child answered. His next question was what is hell like, and they said a place of torment and fire. The next question was what does fire not like? Water, some replied. And what removes the unclean spirits from our hearts?
Yep, water included in God's command.
Our catechism for the week:
What benefits does Baptism give?
It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
Yes Prof. Marquardt was right, it is all very simple, it is a matter of life and death. May my sinful complexity continue to be washed clean and shown how simple it is.