What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
Somewhere along the way, science and reason seem to have stripped us of the notion that human beings are the center of the universe. We’re just animals evolved on a speck orbiting just one more star on the edge of one more galaxy.
But think about this. When God came into His creation, what did He come as? A giraffe? A pelican? A sturgeon? An angel? No. He came as a man. No matter what else we learn from observing the world around us, we will never learn our place with God. That comes from His Word in which He reveals Himself as the God who became man.
Just imagine! God, who made all that there is, every star and planet and cloud of nebular gas — that God became one of the creatures that live on little ol’ planet earth. But He doesn’t do this to prove some point about the superiority of human beings. In fact, of all creatures, we’re the ones who heard God’s Word and said, “No thanks!” So it’s not just remarkable that God became man. It’s remarkable that He came in the flesh of the very creatures who rejected and turned away from Him!
And He did it to save us — to restore us to our right place in the universe. And that place is, with the Lord, in communion with Him. No more death and sin and turning away from God. Jesus dies on Calvary and rises from the dead to bring us up from the death of sin to the highest places with Him at the Father’s right hand!
Through your Baptism into Christ, you have been given this place with Christ. Through His body and blood, you will be raised up after death and live forever. When you go to the Divine Service tomorrow, there you will have the reminder that you are precious in God’s sight. After all, Jesus became just like you (but without sin) to redeem you and put you back into your rightful place with Him.