Love in Jesus' name
November 24, 2014
by Pastor Edward Groop, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, French Lake

Matthew 25:31-34-36: “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’”

In these Bible verses, Matthew reminds us that Jesus is not only a Saviour, but that Jesus is also King Jesus – a king to whom we bow in adoration and thanksgiving. King Jesus, who asks us to be his followers who show love not with words alone, but with deeds of love: feeding the hungry, giving a cold drink of water, clothing the naked, visiting the sick.

Jesus gives to us tasks in which we are to rejoice. In our deeds of love to others, we witness to Jesus’ love to them. May our interactions with others be truly deeds of love “in Jesus’ Name.”

May we remember to do this daily, and in large communal acts Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27. May we gather with many of our brothers and sisters and sing of King Jesus’ love for all this world, and may we also remember, as Martin Luther encouraged his congregation, to share food, clothing, and all the necessities of life with all, especially the needy.

Amen and Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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