Saturday of the Third-Last Week

Daily Lectionary: Jeremiah 37:1-21; Matthew 27:33-56

For He has delivered me out of all trouble; And my eye has seen its desire upon my enemies. (Psalm 54:7 from the Introit for the Second-Last Sunday)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We hear often, and rightly so, that the Christian life is one of suffering and difficulty, one of bearing a cross in a world that hates us, of being constantly hounded by the evil one who wants us to fall away from Jesus. But there will come a time when all that is done. A time when evil is completely finished, once and for all. When sadness is over and tears are wiped from our eyes. A time when we can say that the Lord has delivered us from all our enemies.

But that deliverance has already begun. It began when Jesus came and suffered for us. When He was delivered from trouble by His resurrection on Easter. Behold the cross upon which your desire to overcome your enemies is seen: sin, death, and the devil are all defeated. Take that, enemies of Christ!

That victory is yours in Baptism. You'll hear that name and see that cross again tomorrow. Tomorrow in the Divine Service you will have announced once again the reading and preaching of Christ's Word that your enemies have been defeated. In the Body and Blood you have a pledge and promise from Jesus Himself that He will raise you up on the Last Day.

In His Church, by His Word and sacraments, Christ comforts you against death and prepares you for His return. Tomorrow in the Divine Service you will be spitting in death's eye! You will be mocking sin and Satan because they truly have no power over you. The Gospel and Sacrament you receive tomorrow are your proof that the words of the Psalmist are true--now and on the Last Day. Jesus has taken care of your enemies. All that we await is the final removal of those pests. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Our hope and expectation, O Jesus now appear; Arise, O Sun so longed for, O'er this benighted sphere. With hearts and hands uplifted, We plead, O Lord, to see The day of earth's redemption That sets Your people free. (Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers, LSB 515:4)

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