Jesus appears as the Christ, the Anointed One. The titles "Christ" and "Messiah" both mean "The Anointed One," and they describe how God prepared Jesus for his mission. Since the days of Othniel (Judges 3:10), the Spirit of the Lord empowered God's heroes to do his saving work. At his baptism, God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power and declared this son of Mary to be the
Son of God and the Savior of mankind.
The Savior’s Sermon:
Let your light shine! Jesus tells us: You are...so be. You are the light of the world,
so be light for the earth. You are the salt of the earth, so be salt for it.
Our calling as sons of God means our lives will reflect our new status, and the
world around us will be blessed by us. The Church prays that God would help us
believe and then do the things that are pleasing in his sight.
Jesus came to free us from sin. He did not come to free us to sin. The commands in the lessons today remind us just how holy our God is, and their dire warnings remind us just how holy he wants us to be. After examining our lives, we must despair, but the Verse of the Day reminds us to flee to Christ who has the words of life.
What could be more counterintuitive? Yet Christ calls his disciples to a love for our neighbor that models itself after Jesus' love for the world. As Luther said: Christi sumus in nominative et genetivo (We are Christs - with and without the apostrophe). A heart like Christ's has no room for vengeance, but is filled with love for all.