I must be crazy! Lost it. Out of my gourd. Flipped my lid. Certifiably loony bin! You get the point. And no thanks to all who shouted a boisterous ‘amen’!
Let’s get serious. I’ve been reading the Heidelberg Catechism, written in the 16th century. Why? Out of curiosity mainly. A document still cherished by much of Christendom. Which, sad to say, I’ve neglected to darken its doorway until now.
It opens on the highest note of biblical truth. By the way, a catechism is a way of learning through a question-and-answer format. Those raised Roman Catholic know all about this. Previous generation Protestants would also be familiar, but no longer. We’ve become touchy-feely. Games dominate. Catchy graphics and heavy-beat tunes wear the pants today.
Back to Heidelberg’s high note. First question hits the nail-on-the-head–‘What is your only comfort, in life and in death?’ Chew on that for awhile. What gives you comfort in life? And in death? What pleasures do you cherish, which capture your time and thoughts?
This catechism’s answer is precious. Grabs me when I’m off-kilter and pulls me right back on-track. Helps me to stand up after falling flat-on-my-face by varied distractions and time-wasters.
Here’s that answer to Heidelberg Catechism’s first question–‘That I belong–body and soul, in life and in death, not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ…’ There’s more, but this is the gist that grabs me and won’t let me go.
I’m His. Belonging to Jesus. He purchases me by His blood on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Purchased–not as in human slave-trafficking– but with a faithfulness that will not let me go. Which holds on matter what. For dear life…and death.
I’m His. So are you if you’re in Christ. Comforting thought? He is our sole comfort. Period. Who could ask for anything more?
Thank you for Jesus, our faithful comforter and Savior. Amen.