Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Maundy Thursday

 



Thursday, April 01, 2021 – Maundy Thursday –              1 Corinthians 11:23-32 – A new covenant

The Antiphon: I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. – Psalm 116:13



Prayer for Maundy ThursdayO Lord God, who hast left unto us in a wonderful Sacrament a memorial of Thy Passion, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may so use this Sacrament of Thy body and blood that the fruits of Thy redemption may continually be manifest in us.

The Crucifixion From the Woodcut Illustration “The Crucifixion” is taken from a woodcut by Baron Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, 1794-1872, a distinguished German artist known especially for his book, The Book of Books in Pictures. © WLS Permission granted for personal and congregational use.

The Lord’s Supper © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

Collects from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis


Maundy Thursday

 

An invitation to come

The Savior has invited us to come. Let us see the benefits of attending shall we? Let us consider Luther’s Christian Questions and Their Answers.

The question is asked, “Why ought we to remember and proclaim His death?” The answer is given in three parts. This shall be the basis of our meditation this night.

I.                    That we may learn to look with terror at our sins, and to regard them as great indeed.

The anger of an offended God is what Jesus faced. Consider His cry from the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?!” Without Christ this is our cry!

We can claim nothing before God. Luther’s deathbed remarks remind us, “We are only beggars!”

Luther further teaches, “Fasting and bodily preparation is, indeed, a fine outward training; but he is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words, "Given, and shed for you for the remission of sins." But he that does not believe these words, or doubts, is unworthy and unprepared; for the words, "For you," require all hearts to believe.”

It is our joy and honor in this congregation often to receive Jesus’ Supper which he instituted for our comfort. In his body and blood, given and shed for us to eat and drink, Jesus forgives our sins, strengthens our faith, and increases our hope.

The whole Christ; true God and true man, is offered from our altar in, with, and under the elements of bread and wine. But how are we to meet him worthily?

Faith is the only thing required! There are no heroic preliminary works required to prove that you are spiritual enough. There are no benchmarks of holiness to surpass. Only learn to confess the fact that you are a weak sinner and that in the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood you will find grace.

By eating and drinking Jesus’ body and blood with trust in his promise connected to these elements, there is no condemnation, no punishment, no law to hold you back from your heavenly Father’s kindness.

Transition: As we look at our sins we must ask ourselves, “How do I stand?”

II.                  That we may learn to believe that no creature could make satisfaction for our sins but Christ, true God and man.

That we may learn to believe that no creature could make satisfaction for our sins.

But only Jesus can make satisfaction for sin. Consider His two natures; He is both - true God and man, yet only one Christ.

Jesus is true God. This is necessary for only God can save. At the same time Jesus is truly human. This too is necessary for it is a human who fell headlong into sin.

 

Peter calls Jesus, “the Holy and Righteous One” - Acts 3:14 while Peter says that Christ “went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with Him.”- Acts 10:38

 

The writer to the Hebrews says Jesus was “without sin.” - 4:15 Jesus lived a sinless life for you.  Jesus was active in His living a perfect life for you. Jesus did everything the law requires.

 

Jesus’ atoning death – He took your sin as His own and died in your place. In His Suffering and dying all sin was paid for – period! - "The next day john saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" - John 1:29

In the Gospel, a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” -Romans 1:17

The Scriptures teach that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works, but are freely justified for Christ’s sake. They are justified through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor, and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins.

That we may obtain this faith, the ministry of teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted. [Augsburg Conf, Article IV]

Transition: As Christ has forgiven us at the bloody cross we not take great comfort in His redeeming work.

III.                To find joy and comfort in Him alone and thus be save through such faith.

To find joy and comfort in Him alone – J. S. Bach put it this way: “Jesu joy of man’s desiring. Holy wisdom, Love most bright. Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring. Souring to uncreated light. Word of God, our flesh that fashioned. With the fire of life impassioned, Striving still to truth unknown, souring, dying round Thy throne.”

And thus we are saved through such faith. It is a faith which clings to Jesus’ merit alone. Faith is a reliance on the gospel promise. You trust in the person and work of Christ. Faith is not a vague, “faith in God,” or a merely generic faith in the Bible, but a specific trust that holds on to Jesus as its sole focus.

Faith is a hearty trust in the grace and goodness of God as experienced and revealed through his Word. Faith is nothing more than clinging to Christ and the promises of the gospel. Faith is resting in Christ and not in your own works. Faith is the confidence that God is good and true to his promise of grace to those who believe. It is the drowning victim which clings to the life line. Jesus is your life-line.

Come, come weary sinners, come to the foot of the cross for all things are now ready!

 

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Wednesday of Holy Week



March 31, 2021
Wednesday of Holy Week

Collect of the Day
Merciful and everlasting God, You did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all to bear our sins on the cross. Grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in Him that we fear not the power of sin, death, and the devil; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Hymn of the Day
LSB 425/426 When I survey the wondrous cross

1 When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

3 See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a tribute far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all!

Verse
John 12:23b
The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Introit
Psalm 56:1–4a; antiphon: v. 11
In God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;
I shall not be afraid.
In God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

Gradual
Hebrews 9:12a, c, 15a; Psalm 111:9a

[Christ] entered once for all into the holy places, by means of his own blood,
thus securing an eternal redemption.
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant,
so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.

Content from Lutheran Service Book: Altar Book copyright © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved.

Schnorr Von Carolsfeld woodcuts, ‘The Crucifixion’ copyright © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational us



Morning Prayer Reading 115: The Ten Lepers


Luke 17:11-19


11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, [f] who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” [g]

Footnotes:
Luke 17:12 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
Luke 17:19 Or has saved you

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Wednesday of Holy Week



DAY 37: March 31, 2021 Wednesday of Holy Week- John 13:21-32

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. – John 13:31-32   

Show the light of Thy Countenance upon us, O Lord, and pour Thy blessing abundantly into our breasts; that our hearts, bedewed with the gladness of Thy light, may know Thy way upon earth, and be glad in the full knowledge of the holy faith among all nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end. Amen. [2]

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave His body to be whipped and His face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen [3]

Merciful and everlasting God, You did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all to bear our sins on the cross. Grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in Him that we fear not the power of sin, death, and the devil; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [4]

Father, in your plan of salvation your Son Jesus Christ accepted the cross and freed us from the power of the enemy. May we come to share the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen [5]


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[1]  Good Friday 2019 copyright © Ed Riojas Higher Things
[2]A Holy Week Collect © 2005 Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood
[3]Collect for Wednesday of Holy Week, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm
[4]Collect for Wednesday of Holy Week, Lutheran Service Week © 2006 Concordia Publishing, St. Louis
[5] Collect for Wednesday of Holy Week, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church Vol. 1 © 1994 American Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Wednesday of Holy Week

 



Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – Wednesday of Holy Week – Isaiah 62:11; 63:1-7 – God’s day of vengeance and redemption

The Antiphon: Hasten, O God, to save me, O Lord, come quickly to help me. – Psalm 70:1

Prayer for WednesdayGrant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds are continually afflicted may mercifully be relieved by the Passion of Thine only – begotten Son.

Merciful and everlasting God the Father, who did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all that He might bear our sins on the cross, grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in our Savior that we may not fear the power of any adversaries; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

The Crucifixion From the Woodcut Illustration “The Crucifixion” is taken from a woodcut by Baron Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, 1794-1872, a distinguished German artist known especially for his book, The Book of Books in Pictures. © WLS Permission granted for personal and congregational use.

Collects from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

 


Tuesday of Holy Week -


April 7, 2020
Tuesday in Holy Week

Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, grant us by Your grace so to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s passion that we may obtain the forgiveness of our sins; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Hymn of the Day
LSB 708 Lord, Thee I love with all my heart

1 Lord, Thee I love with all my heart;
I pray Thee, ne'er from me depart,
With tender mercy cheer me.
Earth has no pleasure I would share,
Yea, heav'n itself were void and bare
If Thou, Lord, wert not near me.
And should my heart for sorrow break,
My trust in Thee can nothing shake.
Thou art the portion I have sought;
Thy precious blood my soul has bought.
Lord Jesus Christ, My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word.

2 Yea, Lord, 'twas Thy rich bounty gave
My body, soul, and all I have
In this poor life of labor.
Lord, grant that I in ev'ry place
May glorify Thy lavish grace
And help and serve my neighbor.
Let no false doctrine me beguile;
And Satan not my soul defile.
Give strength and patience unto me
To bear my cross and follow Thee.
Lord Jesus Christ, My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
In death Thy comfort still afford.

3 Lord, let at last Thine angels come,
To Abram's bosom bear me home,
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaceful sleep
Until Thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me,
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, Thy glorious face,
My Savior and my fount of grace.
Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer attend, my prayer attend,
And I will praise Thee without end.

Verse
John 12:23b
The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Introit
Psalm 42:3, 9–10; antiphon: vv. 5–6a
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
                Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
My tears have been my food day and night,
                while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?”
I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me?
                Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me,
                while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?”
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
                Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.


Content from Lutheran Service Book: Altar Book copyright © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved.

Schnorr Von Carolsfeld woodcuts, ‘The Crucifixion’ copyright © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational us

Morning Prayer Reading 114: The Good Samaritan



Luke 10:25-37



25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii [c] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Footnotes:
Luke 10:35 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

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Tuesday of Holy Week



DAY 36: March 30, 2021 Tuesday of Holy Week- John 12:20-36

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.  So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus. – John 12:20-21  

Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s Passion that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.

Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace so to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s Passion that we may receive the pardon of our sins; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.



O God, by the passion of Your blessed Son You made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen [2]

Almighty and everlasting God, grant us by Your grace so to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s passion that we may obtain the forgiveness of our sins; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [3]

Father, may we receive your forgiveness and mercy as we celebrate the passion an death of the Lord, who live and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever Amen. [4]
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[1]  © Google Images, “The Lamb which was slain”
[2]Collect for Tuesday of Holy Week, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm
[3] Collect for Tuesday of Holy Week, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[4] Collect for Tuesday of Holy Week, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church Vol. 1 © 1994 American Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY
[5] Baptism copyright © Ed Riojas Higher Things
 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Tuesday of Holy Week

 



Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – Tuesday of Holy Week – Jeremiah 11:18-20 – The plot against the Lord’s anointed

The Antiphon: In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. – Psalm 71:1

Prayer for TuesdayAlmighty and everlasting God, grant us grace to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s Passion that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.

Almighty and everlasting God, grant us grace so to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s Passion that we may receive the pardon of our sins; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

 

The Crucifixion From the Woodcut Illustration “The Crucifixion” is taken from a woodcut by Baron Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, 1794-1872, a distinguished German artist known especially for his book, The Book of Books in Pictures. © WLS Permission granted for personal and congregational use.

Collects from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

 


Monday of Holy Week - Parish Devotion



March 29, 2021
Monday in Holy Week


Collect of the Day
Almighty God, grant that in the midst of our failures and weaknesses we may be restored through the passion and intercession of Your only-begotten Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Hymn of the Day
LSB 434 Lamb of God, pure and holy

Lamb of God, pure and holy,
Who on the cross didst suffer,
Ever patient and lowly,
Thyself to scorn didst offer.
All sins Thou borest for us,
Else had despair reigned o'er us:
Have mercy on us,
O Jesus!  O Jesus!

Lamb of God, pure and holy,
Who on the cross didst suffer,
Ever patient and lowly,
Thyself to scorn didst offer.
All sins Thou borest for us,
Else had despair reigned o'er us:
Have mercy on us,
O Jesus!  O Jesus!

Lamb of God, pure and holy,
Who on the cross didst suffer,
Ever patient and lowly,
Thyself to scorn didst offer.
All sins Thou borest for us,
Else had despair reigned o'er us:
Thy peace be with us,
O Jesus!  O Jesus!

The text is public domain:

The name "Lamb of God" comes from the two citations from John 1, although Jesus is also compared to a lamb in Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 1.

"Ever patient and lowly, / Thyself to scorn didst offer" paraphrases Isaiah 53:7 (just without the specific imagery), and the redemption mentioned in John 1:29, Isaiah 53, and 1 Peter 1 appears in the hymn as "All sins Thou borest for us."

Jesus' peace in John 14 appears at the very end: "Thy peace be with us, / O Jesus!"

Verse
John 12:23b
The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Introit
Psalm 31:10–11, 13–15; antiphon: v. 9
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
                my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing;
                my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
                those who see me in the street flee from me.
For I hear the whispering of many—terror on every side!—
                as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O Lord;
                I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand;
                rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
                my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.


Content from Lutheran Service Book: Altar Book copyright © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved.

Schnorr Von Carolsfeld woodcuts, ‘The Crucifixion’ copyright © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use

Morning Prayer Reading 113: The Parable of Pharisee and Tax Collector


Luke 18:9-14


9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed [a] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Footnotes:
Luke 18:11 Or standing, prayed to himself

English Standard Version (ESV)
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Tuesday of Holy Week


DAY 35: March 29, 2021 Monday of Holy Week- John 12:1-11


Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have m. - John 12:7-8 

Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but first He suffered pain, and entered not into glory before He was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen [2]

Almighty God, grant that in the midst of our failures and weaknesses we may be restored through the passion and intercession of Your only-begotten Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [3]

All-powerful God, by the suffering and death of your Son, strengthen and protect us in our weakness. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen [4]


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[1] The Crucifixion Schnorr Von Carolsfeld woodcuts copyright © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use
[2]Collect for Monday of Holy Week, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm
[3] Collect for Monday of Holy Week, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[4] Collect for Monday of Holy Week, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church Vol. 1 © 1994 American Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY
[5]  Chi Rho copyright © Ed Riojas Higher Things

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Monday of Holy Week


 

Monday, March 29, 2021 – Monday of Holy Week – Isaiah 50:5-10 - My sin and the Savior’s obedience

The Antiphon: Continue Your love to those who know you, Your righteousness to the upright in heart. – Psalm 36:10

Prayer for MondayGrant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who amid so many adversities do fail through our own infirmities, may be restored through the Passion and intercession of Thine only-begotten Son.

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ chose to suffer pain before going up to joy, and crucifixion before entering into glory, mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find this path to be the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

The Crucifixion From the Woodcut Illustration “The Crucifixion” is taken from a woodcut by Baron Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, 1794-1872, a distinguished German artist known especially for his book, The Book of Books in Pictures. © WLS Permission granted for personal and congregational use.

Collects from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

 


Easter Series B

Easter Series B
4 April 2021

EASTER SUNRISE 
Exodus 15:1–11
1 Corinthians 5:6b–8
John 20:1–18

The Risen Lord Jesus Is Our Strength and Our Song, for He Has Become Our Salvation

O come, let us “sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously” (Ex. 15:1). By His cross, He has shattered the enemy, crushing sin and death beneath His feet; and in His resurrection, He has brought us out of Egypt into the freedom of the Gospel. He has called us out of darkness into light, and led us from confusion, fear and weeping into the joy and gladness of His resurrection. He is our strength and our song, and He has become our salvation (Ex. 15:2). Thus do we hear and respond to His voice of the Gospel, as He calls each of us by name. We enter His tomb by our Baptism into His death, and just as surely as He has risen, so we also “must rise from the dead” (John 20:9). “Let us therefore celebrate the festival” (1 Cor. 5:8), not in the revelry of self-indulgence, nor in the debauchery of lust, but in sincere faith and genuine love. For “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7). He has thereby set us free from sin and death, and now He feeds us with Himself unto life everlasting.

 And lest anyone think this is all simply a liturgical abstraction, it was human flesh that went down into that tomb, and human flesh that emerged from it. Human flesh-the depressed, the addicted, the lonely, those struggling with sexuality, those who struggle financially, those who struggle in marriage, in short, all of humanity, has been crucified with Christ, and resurrected with Him. Who cares what you have done? Who cares where you have been? Judgment belongs to the Father, but you, you, bear the image of the Son, and it was you, you, whom he rescued. - Pr. Ken Kelly, from Baptism of our Lord Homily 1.13.2019 

EASTER SUNDAY
(4 April 2021) 

Isaiah 25:6–9
1 Corinthians 15:1–11
Mark 16:1–8

The Risen Christ Has Swallowed Up Death Forever!

The entire fallen world is veiled in a funeral shroud “that is spread over all nations” and “cast over all peoples” (Is. 25:7). But the Lord of hosts, in the Person of the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, has removed that terrible pall and swallowed up death forever. By submitting Himself to death, He burst it apart from the inside out. Now He wipes away all tears from our faces, and He invites us to “be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Is. 25:9). His body and His blood, crucified and risen, are given and poured out for us as a feast “of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined” (Is. 25:6). We enter that feast through Holy Baptism, whereby our old man is buried with Jesus Christ, and we are raised up in Him, “dressed in a white robe” of His perfect righteousness (Mark 16:5). What St. Paul and the other apostles received “by the grace of God” is also “delivered to you” by the preaching of Christ, “in which you stand, and by which you are being saved” (1 Cor. 15:1–11).
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Resurrection: Biological Event
Rev. Dr. Daniel J Brege

You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen.  (Mark 16:6)                                                                       
Many Christians have the misconception that the Christian faith is only a spiritual matter.  To be sure, the Christian faith involves deep spiritual things; it speaks with God’s authority on spiritual themes such as faith, hope, love and forgiveness.  It deals with spiritual beings such as angels and with the spirits of those who have died, and it addresses numerous other spiritual matters. 

However, Christianity—unlike any other religion—recognizes the foundational value of the physical. The Christian faith recognizes that God created all things good.  He created all the elements of the universe and He created all the laws that enable such elements to interact.  Above all, God created physical, biological life—life that is directly dependent upon elements such as carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, sodium and the like.  To remain alive, a creature must continue to absorb and use such elements through food and respiration.  Human beings are not mere “spiritual” beings; they are—in many ways like the animals—biological beings.  They are nonetheless far different from the animals, for they were created to be like God, in His image, and they were intended to live forever—as biological beings.  If the Creator removes His hand of blessing, biological life spins like a top preparing to fall. Because of spiritual death (being disconnected from God), biological life runs down and ultimately crashes in physical death.

When man rebelled against the Creator and thus became separated from God because of sin, all biological life wobbled toward death.  When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they immediately became—as God had promised—dead.  They were, as St. Paul would explain, dead in their trespasses and sins (Ep 2:1ff).  This spiritual death is directly linked to physical death.  Spiritual death could not be readily detected, but physical death would be keenly observed. This happened when human bodies ceased to absorb and use those nutrients necessary for biological life.  Though only physical death can be quantified, yet both spiritual and physical death are inexorably linked, and they are together essential in defining death.  Because of spiritual death, human bodies have genetic problems, age-related ailments, various destructive diseases, debilitating injuries…and ultimately physical death.

When the Son of God became man, He could not be a mere spiritual being; appropriately He became a biological being, He became flesh.  He was and still is Mary’s biological son. He was also, unlike the rest of humanity, spiritually alive, that is He was without sin, perfectly connected to God.  Consequently His body did not inherit the various ailments that would ultimately bring His physical death.  However, out of unfathomable love, He chose to bear our griefs, our sicknesses and our sins (Is 53).  He chose to carry all that causes physical death.  Physically He was not destined to die a “natural death” but He would allow Himself to be susceptible to the pain and murder inflicted by fallen mankind.  Thus the One who should not die, biologically died. His body ceased to be able to absorb nutrients; He died of thirst, He died from lack of oxygen, He died as essential elements bled from His body, He died from physical shock. 

Because He is the Son of God, He was able to carry mankind’s spiritual death, but this also meant He had to carry physical death.  Then, demonstrating His total victory over sin and all of man’s fallenness, He physically rose from the dead.  He rose with a body that is now incapable of death—but it is an actual body.  This resurrection came with two wondrous, yet related, results:  First, it guaranteed forgiveness and justification, thus undoing spiritual death.  Second, it guarantees our physical resurrection. 

As surely as Jesus went around performing biological miracles…healing the sick and crippled, giving sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, and raising the dead…He now gives the ultimate biological miracle: Our permanent biological resurrection from the grave.  Because He lives, we too shall live!



- Mark 16:1-8

1 Καὶ διαγενομένου τοῦ σαββάτου Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ καὶ Μαρία ἡ τοῦ Ἰακώβου καὶ Σαλώμη ἠγόρασαν ἀρώματα ἵνα ἐλθοῦσαι ἀλείψωσιν αὐτόν.
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.

The Sabbath was past. 
Now they are to finish the job
1. Bought spices
2. Go to anoint 
They are going to lay flowers 

How many "Mary's"?
Mary Magdalene was the common denominator. "Mary the Mother of James" would be Jesus' mother. 
Mark 15:47 lists are the eye-witnesses
See - Luke 24:10 
Is Salome the same as Johanna? 

2 καὶ λίαν πρωῒ τῇ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων ἔρχονται ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον ἀνατείλαντος τοῦ ἡλίου.  
And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.

Sunday, "Sabbath 1" as soon as possible, after the sun had risen, they go... they respond. 

Context, Mark is writing to a persecuted church. Who were living with this every day. Yet the women go where their Lord is even if they don't have it all figured out.

3 καὶ ἔλεγον πρὸς ἑαυτάς• Τίς ἀποκυλίσει ἡμῖν τὸν λίθον ἐκ τῆς θύρας τοῦ μνημείου;
  And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from   the entrance of the tomb?"

'who will roll it from the door of the tomb' 

4 καὶ ἀναβλέψασαι θεωροῦσιν ὅτι ἀποκεκύλισται ὁ λίθος, ἦν γὰρ μέγας σφόδρα.
 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back-it was very large.

Receiving their sight, they saw The stone was exceedingly great.  By the resurrection account they see the reality. They turn from looking down to looking up. The opposite of Genesis 3.

See how immediate the response is to their need. 

5  καὶ εἰσελθοῦσαι εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον εἶδον νεανίσκον καθήμενον ἐν τοῖς δεξιοῖς περιβεβλημένον στολὴν λευκήν, καὶ ἐξεθαμβήθησαν.
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.

See Mark 14:51 "a young man" see Baptism, this is where Christ is for you. You are now clothed in the righteousness  of Christ. This is the new man showing up on the other side of Easter. See Romans 6 this is where the resurrected Christ is to be found.  

The women are amazed, fearful, alarmed shocked, feeling more than one emotion. 

6  ὁ δὲ λέγει αὐταῖς• Μὴ ἐκθαμβεῖσθε• Ἰησοῦν ζητεῖτε τὸν Ναζαρηνὸν τὸν ἐσταυρωμένον• ἠγέρθη, οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε• ἴδε ὁ τόπος ὅπου ἔθηκαν αὐτόν
And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.

He said, Stop fearing! See right here the place He was put. 

We don't need a body...we go where He has promised He would be...

7 ἀλλὰ ὑπάγετε εἴπατε τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ τῷ Πέτρῳ ὅτι Προάγει ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν• ἐκεῖ αὐτὸν ὄψεσθε, καθὼς εἶπεν ὑμῖν.
But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you."

The Ascension happened in Galilee. He Ascended not to be absent but to be near. You won't have me as you once did...now we have Him in the Sacramrnts.

8  καὶ ἐξελθοῦσαι ἔφυγον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου, εἶχεν [f]γὰρ αὐτὰς τρόμος καὶ ἔκστασις• καὶ οὐδενὶ οὐδὲν εἶπαν, ἐφοβοῦντο γάρ.
And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

They were standing literally outside of themselves. The told no one nothing. In Greek the negatives stack up. 

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