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Our Redeemer Lives!

 

In Adam, all die because all sin. The children of that first gardener have been driven out of Paradise and return to the dust whence they were taken. But now another Gardener has come, who has made His bed in the dust of the earth, and in His resurrection He has opened paradise for all the children of Adam. For death is swallowed up in victory (1 Cor. 15:54), and God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57). So we each confess that my Redeemer lives and in my flesh I shall see God (Job 19:25, 26). As He has called us out of darkness into light and wiped away our tears, we behold Him now by faith and recognize His voice in the Gospel. We enter His tomb by the death of Holy Baptism, and we also share His resurrection. For as surely as He has risen, so we also one day must rise from the dead (John 20:9).

Job 19:23–27

1 Corinthians 15:51–57

John 20:1–18

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EASTER DAY

 

 

Christ’s Resurrection Is the Firstfruits of the New Creation

 

The Lord has promised to create new heavens and a new earth (Is. 65:17), in which His people shall abide in peace and joy. That new creation has begun in the bodily resurrection of Christ Jesus. All the baptized belong to that new creation. Reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, they are the offspring of the blessed of the Lord (Is. 65:23). The Lord rejoices and is glad in them; He hears and answers their prayers. For if in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied (1 Cor. 15:19). But Christ Jesus has been raised, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (1 Cor. 15:20). We may be perplexed about this (Luke 24:4), perhaps even frightened and brought to our knees, because it seems like an “idle tale” (Luke 24:11). But faith clings to the Word of Christ and finds His resurrected body — not in the tomb, but in His Holy Supper.

Isaiah 65:17–25

1 Corinthians 15:19–26

Luke 24:1–12

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GOOD FRIDAY  19 April 2019

Behold the Lamb of God, Who Takes Away the Sin of the World

Jesus, the Lamb of God, is led to the slaughter of His cross as the sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the world. Despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Is. 53:3), He is the righteous Servant who justifies many by His innocent suffering and death. He bears our griefs and carries our sorrows; He is wounded for our transgressions; He is crushed for our iniquities; He suffers our chastisement, so that with his wounds we are healed (Is. 53:4–5). As the Son of God, He fulfills the Law for us in human flesh, and so fulfills the Scriptures (John 19:7, 24). In perfect faith and faithfulness, He shares all our weaknesses and temptations, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15), and as our merciful High Priest, He brings us to the Father in peace.

Isaiah 52:13—53:12

Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9

John 18:1—19:42 or John 19:17–30

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HOLY (MAUNDY) THURSDAY

Let Us Love One Another, as Christ Jesus Has Loved Us

By Holy Baptism, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Heb. 10:22), we enter the holy place with Jesus. For Jesus is our Passover Lamb who has been sacrificed for us. He reclines at table with us and feeds us with His own flesh and blood: the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (Heb. 10:20). In Christ, the Lord remembers us in mercy and remembers our sin no more; He forgives us all our iniquity (Jer. 31:34; Heb. 10:17). With such love, He loved his own who were in the world, and He even loves us to the end (John 13:1). As He washes us and feeds us in love, let us love one another, just as He has loved us (John 13:34).

Jeremiah 31:31–34 or Exodus 12:1–14

Hebrews 10:15–25 or 1 Corinthians 11:23–32

Luke 22:7–20 or John 13:1–17, 31b–35

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PALM SUNDAY / SUNDAY OF THE PASSION

The Cross and Passion of Our Lord Are the Hour of His Glory

The King of Israel comes into His royal glory by the path of humble obedience to the point of death, even death on a cross (Phil. 2:8). He goes as it has been determined (Luke 22:22), according to the Scriptures, willingly submitting to His Father’s plan for the salvation of sinners. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name (Phil. 2:9). His suffering and death open the way of repentance for the forgiveness of sins because He goes to the cross bearing the sins of the world. In His resurrection, God the Father vindicates His people and has compassion on His servants (Deut. 32:36). He kills to make alive; He wounds in order to heal. In remembrance of Him, we praise God, confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:11).

John 12:12–19 (Palm Sunday Procession)

Deuteronomy 32:36–39

Philippians 2:5–11

Luke 22:1—23:56 or Luke 23:1–56 or John 12:20–43

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