Hebrews 3:2-5, 16; 7:14; 8:5; 9:19; 20:28; 11:12-29; Jude 1:9; Revelation 15:3
Crossing the Red Sea
Moses made Israel into a great nation. He led them out of bondage in Egypt and through the wandering years in the desert. He gave them the law on Mt. Sinai. Yet he could never be more than God’s faithful servant. Jesus is God’s only Son.
When Jesus met Nicodemus at night, He compared Moses' lifting up of the bronze serpent in the wilderness, which any Israelite could look at and be healed, to His own lifting up. Moses’ serpent brought physical health and restoration. By His death and resurrection, Jesus brings complete restoration and the promise of eternal life. And who provided manna in the wilderness? It was not Moses, but God, who provided. Jesus, the lamb of God takes away the sin of the world. Jesus, the Father’s only Son feeds us with His own body and blood, as He is the bread of life.
Heavenly Father, God of all grace, govern our hearts that we may never forget Your blessings but steadfastly thank and praise You for all Your goodness in this life until, with all Your saints, we praise You eternally in Your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Schnorr von Carolsfeld Woodcut used with permission © WELS
Collect for Thanksgiving to God, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis