Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday of Lent 2

The Second Article.

Of Redemption.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

This is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. (John17:3)

I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that Day. (2 Timothy 1:12)

Faith in Christ means not merely to know the story of His life, suffering, and death, but that we realize in our hearts that He lived, suffered, and died for us, in our place, to atone for our sins and to reconcile us with God, that therefore we feel sure that for His sake God forgives us all our sins and will take us to heaven.  

Faith does not find its existence in the story of Jesus but in the person of the man who entered time and space to be our only Savior.  You will find many descriptions of Jesus today. Faith clings to an actual person, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16) is the confession of a true faith.

Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us perfectly to know Your Son Jesus Christ, to be the way, the truth, and the life, that following His steps we may steadfastly walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Collect for a right knowledge of Christ, Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Luther’s Small Catechism annotated by Edward Koehler Pg. 137 © 1946 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS

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