Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday of Lent 4

Glory Be to Jesus – Lutheran Service Book #433
1 Peter 1:18-19; Ephesians 1:6-8; Revelation 7:9-14

Glory be to Jesus,
Who in bitter pains
Poured for me the life blood
From His sacred veins!

Not only was Christ’s suffering the necessary consequence of His obedience, but it was also the means of eternal salvation for all people. Hebrews 5:9 Christ comes to us not as the tiny baby in a cradle in Bethlehem nor as the compassionate healer of various ills but rather as the suffering Savior, recalling the words of Isaiah 53, “surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows.” We confess in both the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds that Christ truly did suffer, and it is the reality and the necessity of that suffering that we are redeemed.

Almighty God, unto who all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love You and worthily magnify Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.[1]

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

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