The Lord has turned away His anger toward us as individuals. He had mercy and sent His Son to die for you and me. He became our salvation and brought us together in fellowship.
The Lord alone is the everlasting God who has compassion and gives strength. We need only wait for Him in faith, and He will make us mount up as on eagles’ wings.
Through the Word and the Sacraments, the ministry of Jesus continues. He continues to be our shepherd, and we His people. He bids us take comfort in this and rejoice. And so, we do.
The Lord is not one to cut off His people, not then and not now. Yes, we are in a difficult time; but the Lord’s promise holds true. He raises us from the grave of sin now through the Resurrection of Christ and He will raise us to live forever on the Last Day.
The empty tomb shows that our Lord, not death, gets the final say. After three days, He burst forth from that dreadful prison and left its bars shattered for those who are in Him.
Jesus’ death means that our debt is paid. It means that we have peace with God. It means we are forgiven, but only at a great cost.
The Lord’s Supper, however, is not just a celebration of a past event but, in fact, is a means by which the Lord gives deliverance from the slavery of sin and death.
In this time, let us remember what was on Christ’s mind – us. It was for us that He took on flesh. It was for us He rode into Jerusalem. It was for us He allowed Himself to be betrayed, and for us that He died. He had on His mind not His own need, but ours. By His death, our redemption is won.
In the Third Article, we confess that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to take the redemption that Christ won for us and bring it to us through the Word and Sacraments. The Holy Spirit is the One who enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps us in the true faith.
In the Lutheran Church, we follow a pattern of readings each Sunday. These readings are not chosen at random, but have been selected and organized by the generations of faithful Christians who have gone ahead of us. Some of the readings are difficult, but this challenge is what helps us to grow and be strengthenedContinue reading “Lutheran Service Book Daily Lectionary”