Easter Reflections 2017

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The Resurrection of our Lord

He said to them, "Do not be amazed! You're seeking Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He was raised; He's not here. Look, the place where they laid Him!" (Mark 16:6)

Monday of Easter

I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. (Job 19:21-23 NKJV)

Tuesday of Easter

We are certainly preaching the Gospel to you, the promise made to the Fathers, because God has fulfilled this promise for us their children, when He resurrected Jesus. (Acts 13:32-33)

Wednesday of Easter Week

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks. (Small Catechism: Second Commandment)

Thursday of Easter Week

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

Friday of Easter Week

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, "If this happens, our God whom we serve can deliver us from the burning furnace of fire, but He will deliver us from your hand." (Daniel 3:16a,17)

Saturday of Easter

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. With honey from the rock I would have satisfied you. (Psalm 81:10,16, from the Introit for Easter 2)

The Second Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, "If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven...Blessed are those who did not see and yet believed." (John 20:23, 29)

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Thus says the Lord Yahweh, "Look, I am the Opener of your graves, and I will cause you to come up from your grave, O My people. Then I will bring you into the land of Israel." (Ezekiel 37:12)

St. Mark, Evangelist

Luke alone is with me. Bring Mark along with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it. (Small Catechism: Third Commandment)

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

There are three witnesses: the Spirit, the Water, and the Blood, and these three are one. (1 John 5:7-8)

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

"The entire crowd was seeking to touch Him, because power would go out from Him and would heal everyone." (Luke 6:19)

Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Alleluia! By the word of the Lord the heavens were made. Alleluia! (Psalm 33:5-6, from the Introit for Easter 3)

The Third Sunday of Easter

I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring even these, and they will hear My voice. There will then be one flock, one Shepherd." (John 10:16)

St. Philip and St. James, Apostles

Jesus said to Him, "Am I with you for so long, and you don't know me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father." (John 14:9)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

Honor your father and your mother. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them. (The Small Catechism: The Fourth Commandment)

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

The perishing [sheep] I will seek, the strayed I will bring back, the broken I will bind up, and the sick I will strengthen; but the fat and strong [sheep] I will destroy and feed it in judgment. (Ezekiel 36:16)

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

When He came out on land, a certain man from the city who had demons, and for a long time he did not wear clothes and did not remain in a house but among the tombs. (Luke 8:26)

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. (Psalm 66:8, from the Introit for Easter 4)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

[Jesus said,] "In a little while and you won't see me any longer, and again, in a little while, you will see me." (John 16:16)

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

He is delivering strength to the weary, and He increases might for those who have no strength. (Isaiah 40:29)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:11 NKJV)

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

You shall not murder. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need. (Small Catechism: The Fifth Commandment)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Yahweh's merciful, loving kindness is the reason that we are not consumed, because His compassions are not finished. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we are has not yet been reveals. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him for we will see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2)

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. (Psalm 98:1, from the Introit for Easter 5)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

He will glorify Me, because He will take from Mine and declare it to you." (John 16:14)

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

I will praise You, Yahweh. Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away and You comfort me. (Isaiah 12:1)

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

He willed and brought us forth by the Word of Truth that we would be a sort of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:18)

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

You shall not commit adultery. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other. (Small Catechism: The Sixth Commandment)

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

He answer them, "Do you think they were worse sinners...because they suffered these things? I tell you, no. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 12:2-3)

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

I set My Tabernacle in your midst, and My soul will not abhor you. I walk around in Your midst and will be Your God, and you will be My people. (Leviticus 26:12)

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it to the end of the earth. Alleluia. The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob! Alleluia. (Isaiah 48:20, from the Introit for Easter 6)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

[Jesus said,] "In the world you have tribulation, but take heart, I Myself am conquering the world." (John 16:33)

Monday of the Sixth Week after Easter

Moses made a bronze serpent and set it upon the pole, and so it was, if a serpent bit a man, and he was moved to look to the bronze serpent, then he lived. (Numbers 21:9)

Tuesday of the Sixth Week after Easter

Be doers of the Word and not only hearers--deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)

Wednesday of the Sixth Week after Easter

You shall not steal. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor's money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income. (The Small Catechism: Seventh Commandment)

The Ascension of Our Lord

He said to them, "As you're going into all the world, preach the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16)

Friday of the Sixth Week after Easter

"Thus it is written, that the Christ suffer and rise from the dead on the third day." (Luke 24:46)

Saturday of the Sixth Week after Easter

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1, from the Introit for Easter 7)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about Me. (John 15:26)