Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Monday

Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Alleluia – Lutheran Service Book #463
Mathew 28:5-7; 1 Corinthians 5A:7-8; John 1:29; Romans 6:9

Christ the Lord is ris’n today; Alleluia!
Christians, hasten on your way; Alleluia!
Offer praise with love replete, Alleluia!
At the paschal victim’s feet. Alleluia!

How different life is, now and in the future, when we grasp and share the victory of our glorious Lord.  By His resurrection, we are assured of deliverance from and victory over the death that sin brings. To accomplish this, Jesus truly was dead. The message of Lent and Holy Week reminds us Jesus died for us. Christ’s resurrection is God’s endorsement of His sacrifice (Romans 4:25) Thus the resurrection is the basis for our deliverance from sin, (Ephesians 1:7) for the new life with the Father, (Ephesians 2:1, 4-6) and for power to live new lives. (Romans 6:4)

O God, in the paschal feast You restore all creation. Continue to send Your heavenly gifts upon Your people that they may walk in perfect freedom and receive eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.[1]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Collect for Easter Monday © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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