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Take Heart [1-30-22]

We ended last week with a powerfully reassuring statement from verse five. "To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood." That's the point which must be pressed. No matter what we experience or go through in this broken, fallen world, the One who is in charge is the One who died on the cross to free us from sin and death. It is Jesus' death on the cross that frees us from the bondage and misery of sin. No matter what happens in this world, all is well because Jesus is our Savior.

Verse six is our concluding doxology. Let's say this together:

To Him Be Glory and Dominion Forever and Ever. Amen.

Because Jesus Christ is Lord, and because he has secured our eternity, we know that all will be well. What that means is we don't have to know everything or understand everything or figure everything out in order to be at peace with our lives and our place in the world. What do I know? What can I know? What am I capable of knowing? Is it okay to not know all the things I don't know? Is it okay to know there's tons of stuff I'm incapable of knowing or unable to know? Is it okay to be blithely unaware of much that is happening around me?

It seems like half the time I am Sergeant Schultz from Hogan's Heroes. If you don't know who he was or what the show was, Google it or YouTube it. I try not to assume everyone will get these kinds of references. There are both generational differences and experiential gaps. For example, a college student who works at Danley's had a new earring dangling from one of his ears. A 40-something coworker told him it reminded her of George Michael. He said, "Who?" He had to Google "George Michael" to get the reference. In so many things, my mantra can be, "I know nothing!" As I like to say, "I'm go