Up And At ‘Em!

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Uncategorized

I happened upon a meme featuring a cat with a very aggravated expression on its face. The image was accompanied by the definition of the German word “morgenmuffel” which translates to mean a person who is grumpy in the morning and doesn’t like to wake up early. I smiled, recalling a bygone ritual in my home where I was compelled to deal with a school-aged kid who would do everything humanly possible to remain in snooze-mode. My predictable, nearly daily holler, “Get up now or you’re going to miss the school bus!,” usually rang true. The result was a personal chauffeured car ride to school for the tardy student. The driver was always grumpier than the deep sleeper. I’m not sure if there is a German word for that.

A colloquium expression often used to rouse someone out of a deep slumber is “up and at ‘em!”, a phrase encouraging the person to exit the dead sleep and get moving for a new day of productivity. The term is believed to originate from two military directives during trench warfare in World War I. Soldiers were ordered to “Get up!” out of the trenches and “Go get them!” for attacking enemies. Blended, they are used now in common-day conversations to motivate passivity to activity.

It can be frustrating trying to motivate someone out of a dead sleep. But it is certainly less horrific than trying to awaken the dead. Only the most skilled and best equipped medical professionals are trained to resuscitate those whose sleep patterns and brain waves have flat-lined. Yet, regaining consciousness and restoration of bodily systems is much different than giving life back to someone who has entered eternal rest. That type of “up and at ‘em” can only occur through divine intervention.

The cornerstone of Christianity is the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He rose from the dead three days following his crucifixion (and thankfully didn’t reveal any signs of morgenmuffel!). While that great saving event was the most important act of grace the world ever received, it wasn’t the first resurrection recorded in the Holy Scripture.

After praying to God, the prophet Elijah resurrected the son of the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:21 – 22). Elijah must have been a good mentor, as his apprentice-prophet Elisha went on to be involved in two resurrections. First, he raised the son of a Shunammite woman who had been dead, but with the prophet’s intervention became warm and again and miraculously woke again (2 Kings 4:32 – 34, 36). Then, following Elisha’s death, another dead man was tossed into his grave, and when it came in contact with the prophet’s bones the man came back to life (2 Kings 13:20 – 21).

Of course, Jesus outperforms both prophets in the resurrection business. Besides overcoming death himself, the Bible tells us of three resurrections he performed. The first resurrection was similar to the one associated with Elijah, in which Jesus raises the only son of the widow from Naim (Luke 7:11-18). His final resurrection was what the Evangelist John deems as the final straw that leads to his crucifixion – the raising of his good friend Lazarus (John 11).

The other resurrection Jesus performs is that of the young daughter of Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. If you want to learn about this story, “up and at ‘em” this Sunday morning! On Sunday, June 30, this Gospel message our Gospel message will be featured as part of our special healing and anointing service at 9:30 AM. If you arrive grumpy, be prepared to be blessed with the joy of the Good News of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We worship at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 36 E. John Street, Lindenhurst. A copy of the worship bulletin is attached.

Pastor Marc

Rev. Marc Herbst
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
36 East John Street
Lindenhurst, NY 11757