Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2005              Just one more Amen!

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all. Amen Revelation 22:21

Thus a concluding benediction. Similar to the ones appearing at the conclusion of other NT Epistles.[1]

Why do we end the Lord’s Prayer with the word amen? The word amen means, “So shall it be” and emphasizes that God, who has commanded us to pray, will hear our prayers and answer them as He has promised[2]

The Lenten season is now past us. We now bask in the glow of an empty tomb for we truly are Easter people! We have just reviewed the various aspects of the Lord’s Prayer. The only thing left is the word Amen.

The word Amen simply means - yes! It is so! As we daily come to the Lord, we can be assured that He hears every petition. Such is the privilege of being a part of a community and people of faith as we uphold each other through prayer. In our prayers, we take our needs burdens joys and sorrows to the throne room of grace and then we are truly thankful as the Savior answers each petition according to His gracious will. Amen simply means that we are in agreement with what we have asked. “Amen” from the Lord’s perspective is that He will answer us according to His gracious favor. From the perspective of Easter, our only request needs to be that the Lord would bring us at last to be with Him in glory. Thus, in this Easter Season, we keep our eyes heavenward as we await His final return in glory.

Yea, Amen, let all adore Thee. High on Thine eternal throne; Savior, take the pow’r and glory; Claim the kingdom as Thine own. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! Thou shalt reign, and Thou alone![3]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pp.2236
[2] Luther’s Small Catechism, Conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[3] Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending Stanza 4, Lutheran Service Book, © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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