Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Friday after Judica (Passion Sunday)

Posted on March 26, 2021 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Hebrews 9:15-22 (NKJV)
9:15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” 21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
Jesus spoke the terms of His “Last Will and Testament” when He spoke the words at the initial Lord’s Supper. It was the new testament and covenant spoken of so wonderfully in Jeremiah 31:31-34. Those verses conclude by saying: “For I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more.”
At the Lord’s Table Jesus has left to you His earthly possessions—His Body and Blood. He possessed no worldly wealth. He has given to you your inheritance from Him. He gives you His Body in, with, and under the bread to give you hope for resurrection. He gives you hope for eternal life with Him as He plants His Body in you like a seed that will be brought to life by the Holy Spirit. He gives you His holy Blood in, with, and under the wine, poured out for you in a miraculous and mysterious manner. He gives to you His holy Blood to ease your troubled, guilt-ridden conscience. He gives to you His holy Blood to give you new life, for His life is in the blood.
The wealth that our Lord Jesus had in His incarnation He gives to you in this Holy Sacrament. All this He does to forgive your sins and strengthen your faith in Him and what He has done for you. Thanks be to God for this Holy Supper. What a wonderful covenant, already fulfilled on both sides by the God-Man, Jesus!
Prayer: We beseech Thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon Thy people, that by Thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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