Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
If you are one that has watched some, most, or all of the past few Super Bowls, you must admit that the commercials, as much as the game itself, have provided some entertainment too. In fact, there may be as much hype and anticipation for the type of commercials as there is for the game itself. And one can attest that there is that one commercial that is a bit funnier and more memorable than the others.
We can certainly recall (if you have watched games all the way back to the late 80s), the commercial that introduced the Budweiser-Clydesdales tromp through the snow with the following choral music in the background – “when you say Budweiser you’ve said it all.” A decade later, another Super Bowl commercial pictured two teams of Clydesdales playing football on a snow covered mountain. One can probably attest that Super Bowl commercials are a part of Super Bowl history.
The Reformation is a part of the rich history of LCMS Lutheran churches and schools. The Protestant Reformation is listed as one of the top fifteen events that have shaped and influenced the world. How great it is to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a most appropriate theme – “It is still all about Jesus.” Jesus is the cornerstone of our churches and schools.
Brick and mortal will change. God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. God’s churches and His schools exist to share God’s Word. “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7).
As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we do so knowing that we have been commanded to teach God’s Word diligently to children and young adults. We do so knowing that we are privileged to freely share God’s Word in church and in classrooms. We do so knowing that we have been blessed and given God’s grace, mercy, and love. We do so knowing that we have been given the gift of faith in our Baptism. We do so knowing the Holy Spirit keeps us in the one, true faith. We do so knowing that we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
It is my prayer for each of you that God will continue to bless your instruction – your respective ministry.