Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Thursday prior to Easter 3


 1 John 3:1-7 – John does not speak of sinless perfection in the life of the believer but of the new perspective given to the believer. Our focus is upon Christ and His work in the redeemed child of God.

We know we are God’s children now and in the future we shall be like him. The context indicates that Christians are in danger of being led astray. The Devil has children known by their hatred of the brethren. Over against this, Christians know they are the children of God because they love the brethren. Christians can guard against the Devil by the knowledge that they are the children of God now and in the future they shall be like God. [1]

John says in v. 1 “See what love” It is a common cliché, ‘God loves you.’ How do you know for sure? What proof do you have? John says we see the love of God in the fact that God calls us his children. Behind God’s considering us his children is the price paid on the cross to make us his children. In Christ God paid for our sins and thus we are acceptable to him. On the basis of the cross God has adopted us as his children. Why would God do this? Are we worthy of his sacrifice? It was a matter of pure, undeserved grace.

An Evening Prayer: Merciful Father, whose guiding hand has brought us to the completion of this day, we humbly pray You to stay with us and shelter us in quiet hours of the night that we who are wearied by the changes and changes of this passing world may rest in Your changeless peace.[2]  -15 April 2021

[1] Lectionary Preaching Work book Series B, John Brokhoff © 1981 CSS Publishing, Lima OH

[2] An Evening Prayer, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis

The 1877 painting “The road to Emmaus,” Robert Zünd 1826-1909 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Wednesday prior to Easter 3


Acts 3:11-21 – Peter warns his hears to repent of the sin of crucifying Christ done in ignorance. The Christ who the prophets foretold and whom God raised for the people’s blessing comes with healing and blessing.

The people were astounded at Peters’ healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. Peter explained what and how it happened. He tells the people that the Jesus they killed was raise by God. This was no accident, for it was foretold by the prophets. What can they do about their crime of crucifixion? They are to repent, have their sins forgiven, and receive refreshment from God.  

Once again Peter speaks to onlookers concerning the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. The miracle is not found in the healing of man but it the fact that the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus.

In v. 19 there is a wonderful word concerning the fate of your sin. For Jesus’ sake, God ‘blots’ out your sin when you return in repentance and faith. It is as though Jesus were a cosmic blotter which God the Father lets down from heaven to soak up the ink of our sin. When these sins are absorbed, ther e is no trace of sin. You are spotless![1]

A Morning Prayer: Faithful God, whose mercies are new to us every morning, we humbly pray that You would look upon us in mercy and renew us by Your Holy Spirit; keep safe our going out and our coming in and let Your blessing remains with us throughout this day; preserve us in You righteousness and grant us a portion in that eternal life which is in Christ Jesus; through whom b e glory and praise to You and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.[2] -14 April 2021





[1] Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B, John Brokhoff © 1981 CSS Publishing, Lima, OH

[2] A Morning Prayer, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

The 1877 painting “The road to Emmaus,” Robert Zünd 1826-1909 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Morning Prayer Reading 120: The Passion of our Lord



Matthew 26-27 
(Selective Readings)


Jesus said to his disciples, 2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.

Judas to Betray Jesus
14 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Jesus Delivered to Pilate


27 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 2 And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.

 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”



Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified


24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.






English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Schnorr Von Carolsfeld woodcuts © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use

Monday, April 12, 2021

Tuesday prior to Easter 3


   Psalm 4 – antiphon v. 7, “You have filled my heart with greater joy than when the grain and new wine abound.” The hard work put into spring planning and summer growth pays off in the fall at harvest. Who isn’t overjoyed at a bumper crop? Yet the Psalmist reminds us greater joy is found is in knowing the Lord who has filled the heart. In Biblical language the heart is the center of the human spirit, from which spring emotions, thought, motivations, courage and action, -“the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Psalm 4 is an excellent prayer when facing conflict. The psalmist calls on God to hear his prayer. He affirms that God has helped him before, and humbly asks him to extend him the grace to hear him again. Having asked God to attend his prayer, the psalmist has turned, so to speak, to voice his accusation with God standing by him, attending and acting as a witness to his complaint.

The message in psalm 4 is that the victories of sinners are only temporary and meaningless. Only repentance can bring true happiness. It is a request to God for deliverance from past distresses and sufferings. In every circumstance we take our needs, burdens, joys and sorrows to the throne room of grace; being thankful as the Savior answers each petition.[1]

Collect for Psalm 4: LORD, you consoled your Son in his anguish and released him from the darkness of the grave. Turn your face toward us, that we may sleep in your peace and rise in your light; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.[2]  - 13 April 2021

 



[1] From the Vision Statement of Zion Friedheim Lutheran Church

[2] Collect for Psalm 4, For All the Saints, A Prayer book for and by the Church, © 1995 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

The 1877 painting “The road to Emmaus,” Robert Zünd 1826-1909 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Monday prior to Easter 3

 On the road to Emmaus Jesus revealed Himself to two disciples in the breaking of bread. They returned to Jerusalem to report to the disciples that they had an experience with the risen Lord. While they are making their report, they risen Christ enters the room. When He appeared, they thought they saw a ghost, but Jesus demonstrates that He is flesh and blood to the point they could touch Him and see Him eat fish. After this report, Jesus explains His death and resurrection in terms of the Scriptures: the law, the prophets, and the Psalms.

The written words Word indicates that Jesus was to suffer and rise again; and repentance and forgiveness were to be preached to all people. Before they could do this, they needed to wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit.

 – Psalm 30:1-5; Antiphon, Psalm 16:11b – In Psalm 30, David exuberantly worships the Lord, who lifted him out of the depths, healed him, and brought him up from the grave. He calls upon all saints – including us – to sing to the Lord and praise His holy Name, for we too have been delivered from sin, death, and the power of the devil by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus.

This portion of Scripture was used during the Vespers service in Lent as the Canticle hymn when we utilized The Lutheran Hymnal as our worship resource. This is a profound, intense, thoughtful prayer.

David begins his prayer with a profound cry, “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! Often we are brought to cry from the depths of our soul. With longing we cry out to the LORD. In mercy he hears us. With compassion he answers our prayers.  

Collect for Psalm 30: God our Father, glorious in giving life and even more glorious in restoring it. In his last night on earth your Son knew anguish and deep sorrow. Do not turn away from us, or we shall fall back into dust; but rather turn our mourning into joy by raising us up with your Son, Christ Jesus.[1] -  12 April 2021



[1] Collect for Psalm 30, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book written for and by the Church, © 1995 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY
This 1877 painting “The road to Emmaus,” Robert Zünd 1826-1909 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.



Easter 3 Series B


Easter 3 Series B


18 April 2021

Acts 3:11–21
1 John 3:1–7
Luke 24:36–49

The Preaching of Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins Makes Us Pure

The risen Lord Jesus taught His disciples “that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead” and “that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:46–47). Therefore, St. Peter preaches repentance and forgiveness to the people of Jerusalem. As he proclaims that Jesus fulfilled all that “God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets” (Acts 3:18), he also convicts the people of their sin, because they “delivered over and denied” this Lord Jesus and “killed the Author of life.” Yet God “glorified his servant Jesus” and raised Him from the dead (Acts 3:13–15). St. Peter calls the people to repent, so that their “sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19–20). Through this forgiveness of sins and by faith in this forgiveness, the Father shows His love for us in order that “we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1). Thus, we hope in Him and are made pure even “as he is pure,” because “he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin” (1 John 3:3, 5).

Luke 24:36–49
Jesus Appears to His Disciples

:36 - Ταῦτα δὲ αὐτῶν λαλούντων αὐτὸς ἔστη ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν.
 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 

:37 -  πτοηθέντες δὲ καὶ ἔμφοβοι γενόμενοι ἐδόκουν πνεῦμα θεωρεῖν.
       But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.  

38 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς• Τί τεταραγμένοι ἐστέ, καὶ διὰ τί διαλογισμοὶ ἀναβαίνουσιν ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ ὑμῶν;
And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 

39 ἴδετε τὰς χεῖράς μου καὶ τοὺς πόδας μου ὅτι ἐγώ εἰμι αὐτός• ψηλαφήσατέ με καὶ ἴδετε, ὅτι πνεῦμα σάρκα καὶ ὀστέα οὐκ ἔχει καθὼς ἐμὲ θεωρεῖτε ἔχοντα. 
See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 

40  [καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν ἔδειξεν αὐτοῖς τὰς χεῖρας καὶ τοὺς πόδας.]
     And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 

41 ἔτι δὲ ἀπιστούντων αὐτῶν ἀπὸ τῆς χαρᾶς καὶ θαυμαζόντων εἶπεν αὐτοῖς• Ἔχετέ τι βρώσιμον ἐνθάδε;
   And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 

42 οἱ δὲ ἐπέδωκαν αὐτῷ ἰχθύος ὀπτοῦ μέρος
   They gave him a piece of broiled fish 

43 καὶ λαβὼν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν ἔφαγεν
   and he took it and ate before them.

44 Εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς• Οὗτοι οἱ λόγοι μου οὓς ἐλάλησα πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔτι ὢν σὺν ὑμῖν, ὅτι δεῖ πληρωθῆναι πάντα τὰ γεγραμμένα ἐν τῷ νόμῳ Μωϋσέως καὶ προφήταις καὶ ψαλμοῖς περὶ ἐμοῦ.
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”  

45 τότε διήνοιξεν αὐτῶν τὸν νοῦν τοῦ συνιέναι τὰς γραφάς,
    then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 

46 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι οὕτως γέγραπται παθεῖν τὸν χριστὸν καὶ ἀναστῆναι ἐκ νεκρῶν τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ,
and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,

47 καὶ κηρυχθῆναι ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ μετάνοιαν καὶ ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη— ἀρξάμενοι ἀπὸ Ἰερουσαλήμ
 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 

48 ὑμεῖς ἐστε μάρτυρες τούτων.
    You are witnesses of these things. 

49 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἐξαποστέλλω τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν τοῦ πατρός μου ἐφ’ ὑμᾶς• ὑμεῖς δὲ καθίσατε ἐν τῇ πόλει ἕως οὗ ἐνδύσησθε ἐξ ὕψους δύναμιν.
And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

-The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software
-ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
-Schnorr Von Carolsfeld woodcuts, ‘The Resurrection of our Lord’© WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use
-LCMS Lectionary notes © 2018 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
-Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

Time in the Word - Easter 3


Time in the Word
12–17 April 2021
Preparation for next week, Easter 3




On the road to Emmaus Jesus revealed Himself to two disciples in the breaking of bread. They returned to Jerusalem to report to the disciples that they had an experience with the risen Lord. While they are making their report,, they risen Christ enters the room. When He appeared, they thought they saw a ghost, but Jesus demonstrates that He is flesh and blood to the point they could touch Him and see Him eat fish. After this report, Jesus explains His death and resurrection in terms of the Scriptures: the law, the prophets, and the Psalms. The written words Word indicates that Jesus was to suffer, rise again; and repentance and forgiveness were to be preached to all people. Before they could do this, they needed to wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Collect for Easter 3O almighty and eternal God, who hast bestowed on us the paschal mysteries in the token of the covenant of man’s redemption, give us the will to show forth in our lives that which we profess with our lips; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

A Morning Prayer: Faithful God, whose mercies are new to us every morning, we humbly pray that You would look upon us in mercy and renew us by Your Holy Spirit; keep safe our going out and our coming in and let Your blessing remains with us throughout this day; preserve us in You righteousness and grant us a portion in that eternal life which is in Christ Jesus; through whom b e glory and praise to You and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

An Evening Prayer: Merciful Father, whose guiding hand has brought us to the completion of this day, we humbly pray You to stay with us and shelter us in quiet hours of the night that we who are wearied by the changes and changes of this passing world may rest in Your changeless peace

Monday, 12 April 2021Psalm 30:1-5; Antiphon, Psalm 16:11b – In Psalm 30, David exuberantly worships the LORD, who lifted him out of the depths, healed him, and brought him up from the grave. He calls upon all saints – including us – to sing to the Lord and praise His holy Name, for we, too have been delivered from sin death, and the power of the devil by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021Psalm 4 – antiphon v. 7, “You have filled my heart with greater joy than when the grain and new wine abound.” The hard work put into spring planning and summer growth pays off in the fall at harvest. Who isn’t overjoyed at a bumper crop? Yet the Psalmist reminds us greater joy is found is in knowing the Lord who has filled the heart. In Biblical language the heart is the center of the human spirit, from which spring emotions, thought, motivations, courage and action, -“the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Wednesday, 14 April 2021Acts 3:11-21 – Once again Peter speaks to onlookers concerning the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. The miracle is not found in the healing of man but it the fact that the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus. 

Thursday, 15 April 20211 John 3:1-7 – John does not speak of sinless perfection in the life of the believer but of the new perspective given to the believer. Our focus is upon Christ and His work in the redeemed child of God.

Friday, 16 April 2021Luke 24:36-49 – The early Church Fathers had to deal with heretics called Docetists who denied the physical resurrection of Jesus, saying it was only a spiritual resurrection, and that His appearances were that of a phantasm, or else hallucinations by His followers. This heresy persists to this day: the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the bodily resurrection of Christ. But Jesus dispels any sort of nonsensical ideas in Sunday’s Gospel. He appears in the flesh – Why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have – and eats food. This eyewitness account also gives us the assurance of the physical resurrection of Jesus, and of all believers, as we confess in the Creed.

The disciples could not believe that the risen Christ was real because of joy., They were so glad to see Him that they could not believe it was true. Usually joy follows believing, or there is the joy of believing. In this case the presence of the living crucified one was so overwhelming that they had joy even before they believed. Their joy attests to their love and appreciation for Him. Their joy is a witness to the reality of the Resurrection, for it was a response to His presence. The joy of Easter, then, is not in flowers, eggs, clothing, or candy. It is in the presence of the risen Lord. 

Saturday, 17 April 2021The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done (LSB 464) – The battle hymn of the Reformation, A Mighty Fortress, proclaims, “One little word can fell him” (the devil). That word is tetelestai – the Greek word for “It is finished.” Jesus’ victory over sin, death, and the devil is complete. Sunday’s hymn proclaims this loud and clear: "The strife is o’er, the battle done; Now is the Victor’s triumph won.” Christ has set us free from our mortal enemies, to which we respond over and over, “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” – “Praise the Lord”!

Morning Prayer Reading Schedule:

April  12 Monday 119 Jesus cleanses the Temple
April  13 Tuesday 120 The Passion of our Lord
April  14 Wednesday Chapel 
April  15 Thursday 121 The Death of Jesus
April  16 Friday 122 The Resurrection

Catechism Review: Baptism 4 - "Which sins are they?"

Source:
Concordia Self-Study Commentary, © 1971, 1979, Concordia Publishing House.
Lutheran Service Book, © 2006, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcuts 'The road to Emmaus" copyright © WELS Permission to use these copyrighted items is limited to personal and congregational use
The Road to Emmanus copyright © Google Images 


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Easter 2

 John 20:19-31
Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God. Risen Savior, bless Thy Word, that we might trust in Thee.

You are much value. So much so, that the LORD, He will stop at nothing. To prove His love for you. St. Paul reminds us, “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”


The hymn writer puts it this way:     
The will of God is always best                                            
And shall be done forever.
And they who trust in Him are blest.
He will forsake them never. (LSB 758:1)

Preachers and Bible teachers refer to this as “the benevolence of God”. An old concept. With relevant meaning for our day. Peter declares, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” -2 Peter 3:9

Today we consider the goodness of God –

1.     Christ reinforces faith. “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” -V.19

By the Savior’s appearance. Only Christ Himself could satisfy the deep longing of the disciples. At such a time of confusion and sorrow. Jesus appears to His disciples to assure them that He is indeed risen from the dead.

He confers the Office of the Keys. For the ongoing forgiveness of sins.

He sends His disciples on the primary mission for which He was sent into the world. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” V.21

He equips His disciples. He trains and prepares them with the power of the Holy Spirit. Only as the LORD gives the power of His Spirit, are you able to share this word of forgiveness.

2.     Christ rekindles faith. Thomas expresses his doubt. Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe’.” Vv.24-25

 And why such doubt? Tomas was not with them when Jesus came. There is indeed danger involved in absence from corporate worship. The Sacrament of the Altar. With its reassurance of forgiveness. The Office of the Keys. With this declaration of God’s grace. The fellowship of believers. With it’s sharing of the Gospel promises. Need to be experienced personally.

As Jesus came to Thomas He comes to you. Revealing Himself. And He says to you, ‘Do not become faithless, but believing!’ Very often. The process of ‘becoming faithless’ is virtually unnoticeable unrecognizable, almost camouflaged to the person involved. Questions of doubt mixed with fear can creep in gradually. But it is just as devastating.

But upon witnessing Jesus, the doubter is convinced. Thomas makes a bold profound confession of faith – ‘My Lord, and my God! You have made this same confession. Jesus is Lord. Jesus is God. And for you who wish that you could have lived in the times of the apostles and have seen Christ working miracles, meditate on these words - Jesus speaks to Thomas about you, ‘because you have seen you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.’

3.     John wises to share this faith.Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.“ Vv.30-31

Many other signs could have been mentioned. But they were not. Many words of the Savior could have been recorded. But they were not. But the things Jesus said. And the things Jesus did. John places them into his record for a divine purpose. These signs are recorded so that you might believe. The Word is give so that you might be brought to faith. It is the power of the Word that creates faith in the human heart.

Luther put it this way, ‘I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. ‘

Likewise, through the power of the Word people are able to have the assurance of eternal life through “His Name.”  Not one name among many. Not any name; a specific name. Jesus.  Jesus, Name among all names.

 This Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’  Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”    Acts 4:11-12

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 The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, c. 1601–1602 copyright © Wikipedia 

                Words –970
                Passive Sentences –7%
               Readability –81.3%
                Reading Level –4.6

Friday, April 9, 2021

Saturday prior to Easter 2


 The Hymn of the Day, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (LSB #549), is a hymn of praise, similar in content to the psalm, calling upon all people to praise the name of Jesus, God incarnate, who suffered, died, and rose for the salvation of all. Those on earth, those who have passed into glory and all the angels raise the strain of praise to our Lord forever and ever.



The Story Behind All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

Edward Perronet was born in Sundridge, England, in 1726 and died in Canterbury in 1792. His family came from the Huguenots of Switzerland, and according to The United Methodist Hymnal editor Carlton Young, “was closely associated with and esteemed by the Wesleys.” 

The lyrics of this hymn, originally eight verses, were written by Edward Perronet in 1779. The first title was "On the Resurrection, the Lord is King". Only the first verse was originally published in the Gospel Magazine in November 1779 anonymously. All eight verses were later published in the April 1780 issue and were accompanied by an acrostic poem that spelled out Edward Perronet, revealing the author.  Edward Perronet was ordained into the Anglican Church but eventually deferred to the evangelical movement of John and Charles Wesley.

The popularity of this late-18th-century hymn may be partially explained by the fact it is included in hymnals with as many as three different musical arrangements: CORONATION, DIADEM and MILES’ LANE. Each tune reflects a different cultural and denominational context in which this hymn is sung.[1]

Collect for Easter 2Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.[2] -10 April 2021



[1] https://www.godtube.com/popular-hymns/all-hail-the-power-of-jesus-name/
[2] Collect for Easter 2, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, c. 1601–1602 copyright © Wikipedia

Morning Prayer Reading 118: Jesus Enters Jerusalem



Matthew 21:1-11

The Triumphal Entry
21 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, [a] the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Footnotes:
Matthew 21:5 Or donkey, and on a colt
Matthew 21:12 Some manuscripts add of God

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Friday prior to Easter 2

 

John 20:19–31—There are two appearances by the risen Christ in Sunday’s Gospel, each bringing us a great deal of comfort. In the first, Jesus establishes the Office of the Holy Ministry, and assures us that, in the words of the catechism, ‘when the called ministers of Christ deal with us by His divine command, in particular when they…absolve those who repent of their sins and want to do better, this is just as valid and certain, even in heaven, as if Christ, our dear Lord, dealt with us Himself.’


As God breathed into Adam and he became a living soul, Jesus breathes upon the disciples.  The Hebrew word for “spirit” is the word ruach, meaning ‘breath.’ At this time, according to John, the disciples received the Holy Spirit. This identifies the Holy Spirit with the spirit of Christ.

In the second appearance, our Lord appears to Thomas. Thomas wanted the certainty of seeing his risen Lord in the flesh, as the others had. When he beholds the wounds in the One who was crucified on our behalf, his faith is sure, and he confesses, ‘My Lord and My God!’ Thomas’s assurance is ours also. We need never doubt that our Lord is truly risen from the dead, ‘the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.’ (1 Corinthians 15:20)

Prayer for spiritual renewal: Almighty God, grant that we, who have been redeemed from the old life of sin by our Baptism into the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, may be renewed by Your Holy Spirit to live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for those who care for others: Most merciful Father, You have committed to our love and care our fellow human beings and their necessities. Graciously be with and prosper all those who serve the sick and those in need. Let their service be abundantly blessed as they bring relief to the suffering, comfort to the sorrowing, and peace to the dying. Grant them the knowledge that inasmuch as they do it unto the least of the Master's brethren, they do it unto Him; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.[1]  09 April 2021



The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, c. 1601–1602 copyright © Wikipedia
[1] Prayers from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

Morning Prayer Reading 117: Jesus and Zacchaeus



Luke 19:1-10

19 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Thursday prior to Easter 2

 1 John 1:1—2:2—If we confess our sin, God forgives us, for Jesus’ sake.

St. John, in his epistle, assures us that his knowledge of Christ is from a first-hand experience. John testifies to the fact of Christ’s resurrection by recounting how he has seen the resurrected Savior, how he has heard him, and how he has touched Him. We need have no doubt that Christ is risen from the dead, and therefore, has forgiven all our sins.

John explains that the message Christ gave these witnesses: God’ is light. When we walk in the light, we have fellowship with him and with each other. 

To sin is to live in darkness. For this reason Christ came to the world; to expiate the sins of the world. To deny sin is to be untruthful. To confess sin is to be forgiven by God for Jesus’ sake.

John uses a strong word; “expiation.” Expiation is more than covering our sin. Expiation eradicates sin. John says the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin. (v.7) Blood means life and Jesus’ sacrifice of his life on the cross made it possible for our sin to be washed away.
This leaves us spiritually clean and acceptable to God. It was Jesus’ sacrifice that satisfied the justice of God. Grace is the fact that God paid the price for us in Jesus.[1]   

Prayer for teaching the faith: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, even as You have committed the care and nurture of children to Your people, graciously enlighten those who teach and those who are committed to their instruction that they may know Your eternal truth and trust in You all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for faith, hope, and love: Almighty God, grant us a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, a cheerful hope in Your mercy, and a sincere love for You and one another; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.[2]  08 April 2021



The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, c. 1601–1602 copyright © Wikipedia
[1] Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B, John Brokhoff © 1981 CSS Publishing, Lima, OH
[2] Prayers from Lutheran Service Book (2006) Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Wednesday prior to Easter 2

 

Acts 4:32–35—St. Luke gives us a snapshot of the early Church in Jerusalem. Reflecting the love that Christ has for us, they loved each other by taking care of one another. Two thousand years later, we can reflect that same love of Jesus for us by caring for one another.

The early Christians prayed dynamically, witnessed boldly, and shared their possessions unselfishly.

The first Christians had everything in common: a common faith, love for God, possession of the Spirit, and a common concern for each other as members of God’s family. What they had in common enabled them to have a community, and in that community they were able to communicate with each other and with Christ. To have commonality is to have a oneness. Yet, like all of us today, they were people of many difference; age, talents, education, size, weight, etc.  The common faith welded al of these differences people into a community of live.

 What did the Apostles preach? What power they gave a gospel of the Resurrection. The Resurrection then was the keystone of the Christian faith. Take out the Resurrection and the gospel falls apart because then it is no longer good news! The Resurrection assures us that Jesus is the Son of God whose death was a sacrifice for sin. The central theme of every sermon must still be Christ crucified and risen.[1]

Prayer for the mission of the Church: Almighty God, You have called Your Church to witness that in Christ You have reconciled us to Yourself. Grant that by Your Holy Spirit we may proclaim the good news of Your salvation so that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for life as a baptized child of God: Merciful Father, through Holy Baptism You called us to be Your own possession. Grant that our lives may evidence the working of Your Holy Spirit in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, according to the image of Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.[2] 07 April 2021



 The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, c. 1601–1602 copyright © Wikipedia
[1] Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B, John Brokhoff © 1981 CSS Publishing Lima, OH
[2] Prayer for the mission of the Church and for life as a baptized child of God, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

Morning Prayer Reading 116: Jesus Raises Lazarus



John 11 
(Selective Verses)

11 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.6 So, when he heard that Lazarus [a] was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died,"

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[d] Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved [e] in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept.

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Footnotes:
John 11:18 Greek fifteen stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
John 11:25 Some manuscripts omit and the life
John 11:33 Or was indignant; also verse 38

English Standard Version (ESV)
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