Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday of Holy Week

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.[1]

Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace so to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s Passion that we may receive the pardon of our sins; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.[2]

[1] The Lutheran Hymnal, Collect for Tuesday of Holy Week; © 1941 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[2] Lutheran Service Book, Collect for Tuesday of holy Week; © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis 

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


Men want to receive all of the benefits of God's grace, however, many refuse to meet God's requirements.

1. Men want to be saved without naming Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Acts 4:10-12 ...name of Jesus Christ...12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."(NKJV)

2. Men want their sins forgiven without acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God.

John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."(NKJV)

3.Men desire to be saved without being baptized in water.

Mark 16:16 ...and is baptized shall be saved....(NKJV)

4. Men want their sins forgiven without repenting.

Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,(NKJV) (Repentance means to turn from unbelief and commit to turn from sin and to turn toward God)

5. Men want to become Christian, but they do not want to be baptized into Christ.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

6. Men desire to have their sins forgiven, however, they do not want to repent and be baptized in water to have that occur.

Acts 2:38 ..."Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...(NKJV)

7. Men want to inherit the kingdom of God, however, they want to continue in their current sinful lifestyle.

1 Corinthians 6:1-11....9. Do you not know the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?.....
Neither fornicators,
nor idolaters,
nor homosexuals,
nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves,
nor covetous,
nor drunkards,
nor revilers,
nor extortioners,
will inherit the kingdom of God........

8. Men want to be saved, however, they want to deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the grave.

Romans 10:9 that if if confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

You cannot earn God's grace, however, there are requirements to receive and maintain His grace.

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