The Last Sunday after Trinity
November 25, 2018
"For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
“That which was lost" includes the people of all races. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came to seek and to save the black man as well as the white man, and the white man as well as the black man. He shed His blood for all, and He invites all to believe and be saved. Christ's command to His church is also clear and emphatic: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
The fact that Christ spoke to Caucasians in giving the Great Commission does not mean that He loved them more, nor that the Gospel was to be preached only to them. The early Christians understood this, for Philip preached the glad tidings of the crucified Savior to the man of Ethiopia, the treasurer of Queen Candace. (Acts 8:27). Ever since, there have been believing children of God with a black skin in the Christian Church, and among them there were faithful pastors and bishops of great piety. Also the Christian Church today is concerned, and must be concerned, about the cruel spiritual bondage of unbelief, superstition, and vice among all races.
All need the saving and uplifting Gospel of Christ, and those who have this Gospel must bring it in increasing measure to those who do not have it. Mission work among all people is the clear will of our God and Savior. The converting and sanctifying Gospel alone has divine power to lift the unconverted person out of moral degradation, out of sinful pride or indifference, and out of damning unbelief into the joy of forgiveness and of eternal salvation. The Christian work among all races and skin colors has enjoyed God's blessings, as the teaching of His Word enjoys His blessings everywhere.
Knowing Thee and Thy salvation,
Grateful love dare never cease
To proclaim Thy tender mercies,
Gracious Lord, Thy heavenly peace.
Sound we forth the Gospel tidings
To the earth's remotest bound
That the sinner has been pardoned
And forgiveness can be found. (The Lutheran Hymnal 498:4)
O God, our Refuge and Strength, who art the Author of all godliness, be ready, we beseech Thee, to hear the devout prayers of Thy Church: and grant that those things which we ask for faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.
(Luther, adapted, reprinted from 2005)