Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday of Lent 5

Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 2, 2017 Psalm 130:7  

Psalm 130:7 English Standard Version (ESV)

7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
    For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.

Luther says, “Though our sin is great, yet His redemption is greater!  (AE 14:194) 1

Every single Sunday we confess, “…who for us men and our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man.”  Jesus, the Word who was made flesh,- your Lord and Savior,- remains with you at every juncture of life. Yes, there is a person who knows and understands you. His name is Jesus Christ. This life that you live. Your struggles.  Your weakness.  Your woes.  Your sorrows - your Lord knows all. Even your joys, exactly. Because He became a man, Jesus suffered in your place. He died your death. He rose for you. That you might live for Him eternally. 

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 2

[1] Lutheran Study Bible, © Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[2] Collect for Saturday of Lent 4,
Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

No comments: