April 28 2015
TDP: Tuesday after Easter 4;
Original Broadcast: Tuesday; 2009-05-05;
'An argument arose among [Jesus? disciples] as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, ?Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.? (Luke 9:46-48, ESV)
Pride is a terrible thing when we use it to push ourselves up over other people. Jesus doesn?t tolerate it among his disciples. One of the fathers of the church said Jesus the physician ?amputates the passion of pride.? Jesus shows us a child. Children are the picture of dependence. They need help in everything. Pride isn?t in the picture when you care for a child. You set aside yourself and do what is best for them. This is what Jesus does for us. In Jesus, God himself, sets aside his nature and becomes a human being to serve us. He even dies on the cross to bring what we need most, the forgiveness of our sin. Only through the forgiveness offered by Jesus can we set aside our pride and serve others.
Let us pray: Let us pray:
Forgive our sins, Lord, we implore,
That they may trouble us no more;
We, too, will gladly those forgive
Who hurt us by the way they live.
Help us in our community
To serve each other willingly. (LSB 766:6) Amen.
Devo ID: 129
April 27 2015
TDP: Monday after Easter 4;
Original Broadcast: Monday; 2009-05-04;
'And he said to all, ?If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:23-26, ESV)
It is condemned men who carry their crosses. They are lead through the street to be mocked and hated on their way to execution, guilty as charged. Jesus is saying this about those who follow him. To be a follower of Jesus is to be at odds with the world, to be mocked and hated, for carrying the cross. It happens when we disagree with the morals of the day. It happens when we say Jesus Christ is the only Savior of the world. And the reaction is fierce, the tolerant become the intolerant. We are not ashamed of our Savior. Daily we take up our cross and remember our Baptism. That is we remind ourselves how Jesus took the sin of the whole world to his cross and suffered, and died for the forgiveness of everyone. This is our message to the world, weather they like it or not.
Let us pray: Dearest Jesus, help me to speak of your forgiveness no matter what. Amen.
Devo ID: 128
April 24 2015
TDP: September 1;
Original Broadcast: Wednesday; 2010-09-01;
'In [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of [God's] will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. " (Ephesians 1:7-10, ESV)
This is indeed a mystery. Not in the sense of something unknown, but something wonderful revealed to us. Through Jesus, his bloody death of the cross, we sinners receive forgiveness. It is a mystery that God would become a human being in Jesus Christ. That he would walk the earth with sinful, corrupt, evil people. That he would allow himself to be captive, abused, mocked, crucified, and buried in a grave for people. That he would break down the door of the tomb, not in anger and wrath over his treatment, but in love and forgiveness. But this is exactly what is given. No wonder Saint Paul uses the word "lavished" when he talks about God's forgiveness in Jesus. It is more than we deserve, more than we could ever earn, more that we dare expect.
Let us pray: With my burden I begin: Lord, remove this load of sin; Let Thy blood for sinners spilt, Set my conscience free from guilt. (LSB 779:3) Amen.
Devo ID: 178
April 23 2015
TDP: August 31;
Original Broadcast: Tuesday; 2010-08-31;
1 Kings 17:18-22,24;
'And [the widow] said to Elijah, "What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!" And he said to her, "Give me your son." And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. And he cried to the LORD, "O LORD my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?" Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the LORD, "O LORD my God, let this child's life come into him again." And the LORD listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again... And the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth." " (1 Kings 17:18-"22,24 ESV)
"We were doing quite well until you came along. Because of you God remembered my sin, and killed my son!" It's not the attention she wanted. But through Elijah to God gave his life back again. God shows his power over death. It happens again when Jesus is raised from death. He was crucified, dead and buried, thee days in the tomb, but walked out fully restored to life. What Jesus did in his life, death on the cross, and resurrection is God's promise to us. When we believe what Jesus did, our sins are forgiven. Our life will "come into" us again. We will live forever free of sin and death.
Let us pray: Lord of life and death, comfort us in our time of death with the promise of resurrection in you. Amen.
Devo ID: 177
April 22 2015
TDP: August 30;
Original Broadcast: Monday; 2010-08-30;
2 Corinthians 8:9;
'For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9, ESV)
... for your sake he became poor. That's what Jesus did for you. He is God himself, immeasurably wealthy before he became a man, poorest of the poor as a human being. Born to a poor family, in a poor country. Mistreated, killed naked on the cross he suffered and died. Nothing is a poor as a naked dying man. That's Jesus for you. He is poor so you are rich. It's not money, it's forgiveness. We are the poor ones when it comes to living according to God's perfect law. Every action, every breath, is done in sin. What we deserve is God just anger and punishment. Jesus takes our place there. God pours out all his anger and punishment on the poor one on the cross. We receive instead the wealth of forgiveness. With that we are restored to God, forgiven, children of the Heavenly Father. It is a wonderful mysterious exchange. My sin for Jesus life. My poverty for his riches.
Let us pray: Dearest Jesus, you became poor with my sin, so that I could become rich with your forgiveness. Help me to live as God's forgiven child. Amen.
Devo ID: 176
April 21 2015
TDP: Tuesday after Easter 3;
Original Broadcast: Tuesday; 2009-04-28;
'[John the Baptizer] calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, ?Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?? And when the men had come to him, they said, ?John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ?Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?? ? In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. And he answered them, ?Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: (Luke 7:19-22a, ESV)
Jesus doesn?t answer John?s question directly, he uses picture language. John was in prison facing death. He may have had doubts about Jesus. After all John was preaching fire and brimstone, ?When the Messiah comes, watch out he?s bringing God?s anger over sin.? He was sure of Jesus, but things didn?t seem to be happening the way he thought. If God had come to set the world right, why was John in prison? Jesus answers by showing John, that he is God in the flesh. He heals and gets rid of demons. That?s what John needed to hear. But Jesus does bring God?s anger over sin, too. He does that when he dies on the cross. The full force of God?s punishment is there. Jesus suffers and dies in the place of all people. You and I don?t have to face God?s anger over sin, because of Jesus. Dearest Jesus, thank you for taking the punishment for my sin on the cross. Amen.
Let us pray: Dearest Jesus, thank you for taking the punishment for my sin on the cross. Amen.
Devo ID: 127
April 20 2015
TDP: Monday after Easter 3;
Original Broadcast: Monday; 2009-04-27;
'As [Jesus] drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, ?Do not weep.? Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, ?Young man, I say to you, arise.? And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. (Luke 7:12-15, ESV)
The young man was off to meet his grave followed by his grieving mother. Instead he meets life. Jesus, the son of the Virgin raises the widow?s son to life again. Jesus gives life and hope. In compassion he raises the dead. He gives this mother back her son. This is his promise to you and me. He tells us, ?do not weep, but believe! I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live even though he dies!? The promise of our resurrection is sure in the death and resurrection of the one who raises the dead, the one who was dead and rose from death himself. Through his death on the cross he promises forgiveness. Through his resurrection he promises life.
Let us pray: Dearest Jesus, raise me to new life through faith in you. Amen.
Devo ID: 126
April 17 2015
TDP: June 7;
Original Broadcast: Monday; 2010-06-07;
'When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. " (John 12:9-11, ESV)
Satan seeks to stop the work of Jesus in any way possible. Here Jesus' enemies foolishly think that killing Lazarus will prevent more people from believing in Jesus. They should rejoice in the work of God in their presence instead they are envious. They can think of no better solution than death. This is clearly Satan's work. His solution is always death. Unborn children, old men, feeble women, who ever is inconvenient is threatened. Whatever it takes to take the focus off of Jesus. The chief priests are foolish because they don't stop to think that if Jesus raised Lazarus once he can surely do it again. That is exactly what Jesus teaches. Lazarus was first, Jesus would also raise himself from death. His enemies were dead set to kill him. They do. Jesus is crucified, dead and buried. But on the third day, just like Lazarus Jesus raises himself from death. Jesus resurrection is a promise to you that you too will rise.
Let us pray: Dearest Jesus, Savior, Friend. Help me to not fear death but look forward to the resurrection you promise. Amen.
Devo ID: 175
April 16 2015
TDP: June 4;
Original Broadcast: Friday; 2010-06-04;
'Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. " After saying these things, he said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover." Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." " (John 11:5-6,11-15, ESV)
Now that doesn't seem right. Jesus says he's glad his friend Lazarus has died. How can that be? In fact, he waits until he is dead to even go. Jesus is glad, not because of death, his whole life is lived to destroy death. He's glad because the disciples are going to see first hand God's power over death. Lazarus is just first. Jesus himself will die and rise again. In a matter of days, the crowds will demand Jesus' death on the cross. He'll hang there bleeding and die for the sins of the whole world. Crucified, dead and buried. But just as Jesus calls Lazarus out of the grave, Jesus will come out of his own grave. But there is a difference. Jesus raises himself from death. He is master over it. He can raise the dead. He will raise you from your grave.
Let us pray: Savior, let Your agony Ever help and comfort me; When I die be my protection, Light and life and resurrection. (LSB 421:5b) Amen.
Devo ID: 174
April 15 2015
TDP: June 3;
Original Broadcast: Thursday; 2010-06-03;
'Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. " (John 10:23-28, ESV)
Jesus enemies gather around him, they want him to speak plainly. He's already said it but they won't listen. Besides his actions speak louder than his words. They are not heard either. Those who hate Jesus don't listen or see. Where do you find Jesus? St. Augustine says this: What is the voice of the Shepherd? "That repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached to all nations beginning at Jerusalem." That is the voice of the shepherd. Recognize it and follow if you are a sheep. Whenever you hear about Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins you are hearing the voice of the Shepherd.
Let us pray: Thine forever! Shepherd, keep These Thy frail and trembling sheep; Safe alone beneath Thy care, Let us all Thy goodness share. (LSB 687:4) Amen.
Devo ID: 173