May 2017

It is hard to imagine money not being at the top, or at least close to the top, of a person's priorities. Money cannot cover everything, though, and the Apostle Peter takes us to the top of that list as he writes in 1 Peter 1:18 and 23: "Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ...you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding Word of God."

We can go as far back as we can in the genealogy of our families and we will always find someone with a sinful nature. The fact that our ancestors are not around anymore is a vivid reminder that people, like all things in the world, even silver and gold, are perishable. We, too, are perishable, having been born of perishable seed.

There is, however, a human seed that is imperishable and by which the perishable becomes imperishable. This is the seed of a woman promised to Adam and Eve. This is the one who is true God and who took upon Himself human flesh and blood, becoming like us in every way, except for sin. He did this to buy us back from a monster of a slave master. He made the purchase in the only way possible--His holy, precious blood given on the cross; His innocent suffering and death.

He, Jesus, gave His flesh, which is like our flesh, not only unto death for us, but rose in His flesh to life that has overcome all things. We have been born into what is imperishable, not in the normal way of birth, but through the living and abiding Word of God, which is proclaimed and connected to water, bread, and wine. Through the Word of God heard and seen by these means, the birth Peter writes about is not a figurative one, but a real birth of body and soul into Christ, who is imperishable. It means that even though our body will die, Christ will raise us up on the Last Day.

All of this is the reason we have been coming together at University Lutheran this school year. Now as the semester comes to a close, may the life which is imperishable, which you have in Christ, undergird you during exams, summer activities, the conclusion of your time on campus, or the continuation of your studies.

In His service,

Pastor Rick Milas

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