Lent Midweek 2 (5th Commandment)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
[[5th Commandment, p. 321]]
INI + AMEN.
“The Spirit” is “the Lord and Giver of life.” Life is a gift, a gift from the One who “hovered over the face of the waters,” fluttering over them, brooding like a bird so that those waters would produce light and life. That’s the Spirit’s job: to give life. To give, instill, “breathe” life into the dead and lifeless is what it means to be the “Lord and Giver of life.” And so it was that “Yahweh breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
The Spirit’s not alone: He “proceeds from the Father and the Son.” That Son, Jesus, is “the life of all the living,” as we sang earlier, and the Father sent Him in order “to bring life and immortality to light.” This is new life. Jesus is “the death of death, our foe.” His empty-grave, life-from-the-dead life is delivered to you: splashed on your forehead in the water, Spirit, and Word of your Holy Baptism. Continue reading