Last month I wrote about the first 2 talking points of this year’s LCMS National Youth Gathering. This month I will cover the final 3. So, let’s get right into it.
The third point is that Christ reigns over all authorities inside and outside of the church. The full measure and extent of Christ’s reconciliation of all things to himself and His reign over all things is hidden from our eyes and will be until he returns: things on earth certainly do not appear to be reconciled and at peace with God or with each other. In and through the church God calls us to live out the reconciliation that Christ has accomplished. He calls and empowers us to model it and bear witness to it by our love for each other within the church and our love for others outside of the church. Christ doesn’t need our help, but He graciously chooses us to play a crucial role in His one story.
The fourth talking point is the Lord and Master of all became a servant of all to rescue us from our sins and to model for us a life of servitude and service to others. Jesus was the only perfect human being who ever lived. The Servant of all saved us by living a sinless life and by suffering and dying in our place. Even though we can never model Christ’s servant-love perfectly, Paul calls us to walk in his steps (Col. 3:6). Jesus does the same after washing the disciples’ feet. Regardless of our specific vocations or situation in life every single part of each of us belongs to Christ by virtue of our baptism and is set apart by God for single-minded, sanctified, sacrificial service to him. Paul explains it best when he says “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17).
The final talking point is Christ promises to return to restore all things and make his reign explicit for all to see. What is now hidden will be revealed for all to see. When this happens, everyone will see the Christian story really was and is the story of everything. Christ will reign over all, and it will be perfect. Until He comes again, we will proclaim Him and teach everyone we can to present them to Christ.
Christ truly is in all things and the theme of this gathering will help high school youth all over the world see that. I am very excited to hear it explained in person surrounded by 20,000 other Christians. I pray that the Holy Spirit takes hold of the youth and uses this gathering to push them closer to Christ.
In Christ AloneAaron Finkel DCE