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June 27, 2020

“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

Yesterday, we traded our suburban environs for the beach. We’re not far from home and I’m still working remotely, but it feels good to be in a different place for a few days. The kids played in the sand and then we drove into town to pick up pizza for movie night (we watched Fantastic Four, which wasn’t). While I know that many people are still unable to travel in any meaningful way (and we are still being very cautious), it is a blessing to trade one place for another for a few days.

The idea of trading places is at the heart of God’s story of salvation. St. Paul writes, in today’s passage from the Daily Texts, of how Jesus Christ exchanged his riches for our poverty, that we might in turn become rich. We, trapped in sin, could not simply drive to the beach and hope for things to get better. We needed someone to give us what we could never achieve on our own: life, forgiveness, and salvation.

Martin Luther writes: “That is the mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. He has emptied Himself of His righteousness that He might clothe us with it, and fill us with it” (WA 5:608).

In this happy exchange, we who were poor are now rich; we who were lost are now found; we who were dead are now alive. By Jesus’ power, what else could we trade in? How about violence for peace, oppression for justice, racism for equality, hunger for fullness, poverty for abundance, hatred for love? Seems like a good place to start, and even better than a day at the beach.

See y’all tomorrow for worship from Grace!

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Merciful God, in grace you looked upon our poor lot and chose to bless us with lavish grace. Help us to know that your riches our more than enough for us; so much so that we can live for the sake of others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Smilin’ Lyles at Lake Michigan.

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    Dave Lyle posted: “”For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 Yesterday, we traded our suburban environs for the beach. We’re not far ”

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    _”For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9_

    Yesterday, we traded our suburban environs for the beach. We’re not far from home and I’m still working remotely, but it feels good to be in a different place for a few days. The kids played in the sand and then we drove into town to pick up pizza for movie night (we watched _Fantastic Four_, which wasn’t). While I know that many people are still unable to travel in any meaningful way (and we are still being _very_ cautious), it is a blessing to trade one place for another for a few days.

    The idea of trading places is at the heart of God’s story of salvation. St. Paul writes, in today’s passage from the _Daily Texts_, of how Jesus Christ exchanged his riches for our poverty, that we might in turn become rich. We, trapped in sin, could not simply drive to the beach and hope for things to get better. We needed someone to give us what we could never achieve on our own: life, forgiveness, and salvation.

    Mart

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