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Worth the trouble

John 16:16-22

Pastor David Ernst

Jubilate - Third Sunday after Easter
Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela

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Sun, May 15, 2011 

Last Sunday we remembered our mothers in a special prayer, because of Mother's Day. It is good and right to do this, because the Fourth Commandment requires us to "honor thy father and thy mother". In his explanation of the Fourth Commandment, Dr. Martin Luther wrote in the Small Catechism: "We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or irritate our parents and superiors, but honor them, serve, obey, love them and hold them in high esteem."

We know that applies equally to father and mother because Proverbs 30:17 says: "Everyone who looks at his father with contempt and with derision at his elderly mother, deserves that the ravens gouge out his eyes and the eagles devour them."

Furthermore, catechism classes, we talk about all that God commands us in the Fourth Commandment: "... to honor our parents and superiors, serve, obey and greatly esteemed. We honor them when we believe wholeheartedly representatives of God ... "

In addition, in our catechism classes, we talk about all that God commands us in the Fourth Commandment: "... to honor our parents and superiors, serve, obey and greatly esteemed. We honor them when we believe in them wholeheartedly representatives of God ... "

St. Peter continues this theme in the epistle for today (1 Peter 2:11-20), "Submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord, whether to the king as supreme, or unto governors, as sent by him to punish evildoers and the praise of them that do well. "

That means, God has established people in authority over us for our welfare and as a blessing, first of all our parents

But in truth our duties under the Law is not the issue for today. Let us read this part of the Gospel: "A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."

A question for mothers who are present today: Was giving birth worth the trouble? All the pain and anguish? Everyone says "Yes!" That's great. Of course it was worth it because of the beautiful baby in its mother's arms.

Jesus told His disciples, "A little while, and ye shall not see Me", that is, after the crucifixion and before the resurrection. Jesus also said, "Again a little while and ye shall see me: because I go unto my Father." That means, after the resurrection Jesus again walked with his disciples in a visible form. But from the Ascension to the Second Coming, Jesus will not walk in a visible form among us.

We can not understand the sorrow of the disciples after Jesus' death on the cross. They lost their beloved Master and at the same time, they did not have the inner assurance of resurrection and eternal life. When Jesus was resurrected, the disciples were reunited with their Master, this time with direct evidence of the resurrection. After the Ascension, they had confidence in the promise of resurrection and new life by the Holy Spirit working through the Word of God and the true body and true blood of Christ in the sacrament of the altar.

This is true for us. Luther said the time after the crucifixion and before the resurrection can be compared with the times of tribulation, temptation and pain in our own lives. These times of trouble always seem like an eternity compared to the joy awaits us, but in reality these trying times are a bit of time.

It's like a pregnant woman. You do not know "when" exactly, but all signs point to the beginning of a new life. And at that hour, all pain will turn to joy. Because you want this hope, a woman may bear all suffering, happy with her condition.

As believers, we also have joy amid pain and distress because of the hope of the resurrection. The Christian life is a life of freedom, not slavery. We have the promise of eternal life with Christ, then we can overcome all in aid of the Holy Spirit, we receive in Baptism and strength we receive in Word and sacrament.

We honor our parents for the love of God and respect others in authority to glorify the name of God. Not out of fear of punishment, but by hope in Christ will be worth the trouble. Thank God. Amen.

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