Monday within the Octave of the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
Scripture: Hosea 13:14 (NKJV)
14 “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.”
The power of Death and Grave has been destroyed for all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Death and Grave have been our plague and our destruction. We cannot escape Death and Grave. We need an intercessor. We need someone or something to ransom and redeem us from the power of Death and the Grave, because we are unable to do so of our own efforts and strength.
We have that intercessor in our Lord Jesus Christ, Who suffered our punishment on the tree of the holy cross. He is our intercessor; we can go to His throne of grace and ask for mercy and pity for our manifold transgressions because He has already fulfilled the Law. He shows us mercy, because the wrath of God the Father was fully poured out upon Him on the cross. The Father showed Him no pity. His battle was with Death and Grave, and they deserved no pity from Him.
On account of His grace and mercy toward us we have been given the victory over Death and Grave, and we now have, as a promise of God, eternal life. All those who cling to our Lord God in faith have the eternal reward of life with Him. For this we praise and thank Him.
We pray: O God, Who in the Paschal Feast hast redeemed the world, grant unto Thy people Thy heavenly gift that they may both attain unto perfect freedom and advance unto life eternal; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.