Saturday, May 9, 2020

09 May - Parish Devotional - Saturday prior to Easter 5

May 9, 2020 – Saturday prior to Ester 5

John 6:32-35 – is the inspiration for the hymn “At the Lambs High Feast we Sing“{LSB 633}. The manna, which came from heaven, was from God. The Father still “gives” the true bread from heaven, which is life through His Son Jesus Christ. Who is this bread of heaven? Jesus answers for us in Vs. 35 “I am” the bread of heaven."

The disciples were encouraged to take a Siesta to “rest for a while” And in that rest the disciples were strengthened for the journey and their work. Where do you find this rest?  You are do what the great physician describes today this very hour as you are taking time from your busy schedule and hurried lives to spend time with the Savior.

The body can literally shut down if it is not give rest. Man was created to be constantly on the go with any time set aside for rest. At creation the Lord established the 7th day for rest and reflection.

You are doing this each time you come to His meal. You are doing this each time you come to Bible class and in your prayer and devotional times. With the focus on the Savior you will be rejuvenated to continue on in the life and plan the Savior has for you. This is why you come to worship services; to reflect on the mercies and blessings the Savior has given to you. And what are these blessings? Forgiveness, life, salvation.  Restrictions are being lifted so we can soon worship together. When you have that opportunity take advantage of gathering around Christ’s gifts of life and salvation. 

There is forgiveness in Jesus Christ. All sin is forgotten and forgiven period! As the Savior traveled to the cross and rose from the sealed tomb He has won for us complete and total forgiveness from all our sin.

He gives us life. Life to be lived in eternity but also life which starts now! Because we are forgiven we are given the opportunity to live abundant and transformed lives. A forgiven life is what He gives us – living our lives blessing and forgiving others is our gift back to Him.

He gives us salvation. That’s nothing more than receiving the gifts of God with thanksgiving with thankful hearts we bless and worship God.  

This world will continue to be filled with its own agendas, plans schedules and programs. When it appears that life has got you stressed to the limit when you can be stretch no further take a time out to be with the Savior. As your great physician He has written you this prescription; “Come unto Me all ye that are weary and heavy ladened and I will give thee rest. Take my yoke and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart for my yoke is easy and burden is light.”

Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness Your still provide for all of our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we might acknowledge Your gifts, give thanks for all Your benefits and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

Te Deum copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things
Collect for Proper 11 Series B, Lutheran Service Book copyright © Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis 

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