Upon the Cross Extended – Lutheran Service Book #453
Isaiah 53: Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:21-23
Upon the cross extended
See, world your Lord suspended.
Your Savior yields His breath.
The Prince of Life from heaven
Himself has freely given
To shame and blows and bitter death.
Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. When He was with us before, we crucified Him. Only a handful of persons recognized Him for who He was. Our purpose in life should not be to just gaze upward into the sky searching for Him. Our purpose in life is not to put all of our life on hold waiting for His return at the next moment. Our purpose in life is to keep our heart turned toward Christ and our hands busy doing His work. We live in a fallen world full of persons whose lives are dead in heart, mind, and soul. For those people you see, hear, and know each day, Christ living within you can be the tangible and physical evidence Christ is still alive and living on earth. When people look at you, may they see Christ.
Tuesday of Holy Week – Jeremiah 11:18-20 – The plot against the Lord’s anointed
The Antiphon: In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. – Psalm 71:1
Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s Passion that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.