Devotion and Prayer for Week of June 15, 2014

Meditation for the Week of June 15, 2014

  

Every summer my congregation reviews a section of the Small Catechism.  This treasure of the faith contains the basic texts of the Christian life, along with brief explanations that apply them to us personally.  Although many Lutherans learn the catechism in confirmation class, we often forget and neglect this wonderful resource.  Martin Luther himself said, “I must still read and study daily, and yet I cannot master it as I wish, but must remain a child and pupil of the Catechism, and am glad so to remain.”  This summer we are reviewing the creed and its explanation, and so the FHP devotions for the month of June will focus on these texts.

 

The Second Article:

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

What does this mean?

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.  This is most certainly true.

 

Meditation:

Last week we looked at Jesus’ incarnation, His becoming a human being for you.  This week we consider His redemption, His dying and rising again for you.

Jesus did not just die for the sins of the whole world; He died for you.  He has redeemed you.  Apart from Jesus, you were lost in your sins and stood condemned.  You belonged not to the Kingdom of God, but to the Kingdom of darkness.  But Jesus paid the ultimate price to set you free.  He didn’t redeem you with money, but with the price of His own blood.

Why would Jesus do such a thing?  Because He wanted you to live in a better place, in His kingdom, where He would rule and care for you like no other earthly king, so that you would have a place to live and serve Him forever.

Since Jesus has risen from the dead, nothing can separate you from Him, not even your own death.  Jesus’ kingdom is everlasting.  He will never be conquered or overthrown.  His rule will never come to an end.  And if you are part of that kingdom, nothing will be able to conquer or overthrow you, either.

 

Our Weekly Prayer 

Jesus Christ, you are my Lord and I am Yours.  Grant that I live peacefully in Your kingdom forever, for You are, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.