Jesus is on the move. He has been ever since His descent from the Mount of Transfiguration. He’s heading south, making His way to Jerusalem. The bridegroom is coming. This is His advent. He is flanked by His attendants, friends of the bridegroom who delight in His voice, while He cries out to the highways and byways, to the crowds and multitudes, the scribes and Pharisees, to Jew and Gentile, sinner and tax collector in order to fill the wedding hall. Thus our Savior’s steps are marked by love and the desire for your salvation. So your God is on the move to redeem the world from sin, death, devil and hell.
God’s Children are His baptized children. Israel was baptized in the Red Sea, you were baptized in water and the word. God’s children are His baptized children. As His baptized children the Lord sets before you life and death, good and evil, not to tempt you – for the Lord tempts no one but to teach you that there is always a way from God and in the end that way leads to eternal death. Jesus is the only way to God and wherever Jesus goes there is life and there is all good. In the waters of Baptism is life because Jesus is in the waters of baptism. All is good in Jairus’ home because Jesus comes to Jairus’ home. There is life and there is all good in this place not because we are here, but because Jesus is here with His life-giving gifts.
Whenever I hear someone say, “don’t worry” I start to worry. Maybe I wasn’t worried to begin with but now that someone said it out loud I worry that maybe I should be worried about something, maybe there’s something I don’t know, something I should know. Maybe there’s something I did or didn’t do or something I should or shouldn’t do. In our text this morning (evening) Jesus says, “do not worry.” Some translations have the word “anxious” instead of worry but you get the point. Jesus is identifying something that’s going on in our heart and mind that we might not be paying attention to. He’s is placing His Word on a sore spot. By saying it out loud He not only brings it to our attention but then sets out to remedy it.
The gospel of our God is on the move. It is mobile, going from place to place, village to village, house to house, home to heart. Wherever Jesus goes there goes God’s Son, there goes God’s gospel. He is the good news made flesh, “the radiance of the glory of God, the exact imprint of His nature and he upholds the universe by the Word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3) With each step Jesus tramples underfoot the enemies of humanity; sin, death and devil. …