Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Tuesday after the Last Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on November 22, 2022 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Revelation 21:1-7 (NKJV)
21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
There is a great deal packed into these seven verses. There are comforting words such as “no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying…no more pain.” All of these are certainly worth looking forward to. But then there are these words, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things.” How is one to overcome the sorrow, the crying, and the pain? How does one overcome death?
We overcome all these things through the One who has overcome them all. Through faith in Christ and His forgiveness of sins, we are united to Him. He suffered the pain and sorrow of our sins through His death on the Cross. United with Him through Holy Baptism, His death to sin is now counted as our very own and His resurrection is His promise that one day, on the Last Day, He will raise us to eternal life with Him.
There will be no sorrow or crying for “the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind” (Is. 65:17). Indeed, eternity with Christ shall be as He promised, “I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress” (Is. 65:19).
Prayer: Absolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy people from their offenses; that from the bonds of our sins which, by reason of our frailty, we have brought upon us, we may be delivered by Thy bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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