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My Only Comfort

posted Mar 23, 2020, 9:10 AM by Jacob Boer

1. Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.


The main theme of the Heidelberg Catechism is comfort. Comfort is connected to hope, peace, and a calmness in your heart, mind and soul. Normally we would not think of belonging to someone as a positive today, but the catechism is talking here in family terms, we belong to Jesus because he’s our older brother as God is our father. We belong to Jesus’ family because of the amazing love sacrifice he offered on the cross.

Growing up, I was the oldest in our family. We had many foster children come into our family and I remember that not all of them fit into our church and school communities well. When you don’t fit in, you often became the target of bullies. There were times when I had to step in on the playground to protect my brothers and sisters. That’s kind of the picture I get here in Q & A 1 of the Catechism, that Jesus is always there to protect us and watch over us. One of my new little sisters came home one day after school crying. When my mom and dad asked why she was crying, she said that nobody had ever stood up for her before and she now felt safe and part of our family.

Jesus stands up for us because he wants you to feel safe and part of his family. In times like this when fear is all around us, it’s good to know that Jesus is watching out for us and all we need to do is call to him and he’s there.