Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easter Tuesday

Easter Tuesday, April 3, 2018                                         Psalm 2

Our Psalm for today is appointed to be read on Christmas and Easter. Two high days on the church calendar. You cannot separate these two events. They teach the same message. 

What God did not become. He could not save. And so, He comes into the world as one of us. Jesus came into the world. To be counted with sinners. To save sinners. 

At the right time, God our heavenly Father would send His only Son. Jesus would enter into our world. Breaking into time and space. He came to be your substitute. He would live the perfect life for you. He would die the death that you deserve. And there, at a cross, He would trade your sin, your misery and your guilt for His perfection and work out what you and I could never, ever do! 

Yes, Jesus has done for you better than what you could ever do for yourself. When settling the issue with sin, Jesus acts alone. He dealt with the issues of your brokenness Himself. Period. With no help from anyone. The Father sends His own Son to the cross. Jesus bore your sin. He carried it alone. – To the cross of Calvary. There He died for you. 

There He wins salvation for the entire world. And on the third day. He rose from the dead to prove to you that this freedom. This forgiveness. This new life. Has been credited to you.

Hymn: I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Lutheran Service Book 461:8)
He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives;
I know that my Redeemer lives!

Break in sunder, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the chains of our sins; that, taking upon us Thy light yoke and easy burden, we may serve Thee, with fear and reverence, all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 1

Almighty God, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You overcame death and opened to us the grate of everlasting life. We humbly pray that we may live before You in righteousness and purity forever;  2

1 © 2005 Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood
2 Collect for Easter Sunrise, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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