Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday of Lent 4

Not All the blood of Beasts LSB #431
Hebrews 10:1-4; Hebrews 9:12-14; Galatians 3:13; Romans 5:6-14

Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain
Could give the guilty conscience peace
Or wash away the stain.

Human wisdom cannot conceive how the world’s salvation could be accomplished through a cross, an instrument of death an d degradation. That it was accomplished is contrary to all human logic. But “the foolishness of God is wiser than men.” The foolishness of the cross is foolishness.

Christ’s crucifixion seemed to demonstrate utter weakness. But it was God’s weakness, and “the weakness of God is stronger than man.” (1 Corinthians 1:25) The message of the Crucified has power to free us from sin’s condemnation and control.

Almighty and everlasting God, through Your Son You have promised us forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. Govern our hearts by Your Holy Spirit that in our daily need, and especially in all times of temptation, we may seek Your help and by a true and lively faith in Your Word, obtain all that You have promised; through Jesus Christ our Lord.[1]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Collect in time of temptation; © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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