Saturday of Easter

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 19:1-25; Hebrews 13:1-21

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)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Lord has brought you out of Egypt. Pharaoh can't touch you anymore. The Lord rescued you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. He made you pass through the Red Sea waters. He drowned Pharaoh's army, too. Slavery's in the rearview mirror. He gave you to drink from the Rock and to eat of Manna. He's brought you into a good land, flowing with milk and honey.

That's what tomorrow is all about. Israel's story is your story. Your story is theirs. The Israelite's faith is the same faith you have, and vice versa. It's all a matter of perspective. They had faith in the Christ who was to come, and you have faith in the Christ who has come and will come again.

That's Jesus. He gathers His people, all people, to Himself. He dies for them. He rises for them. His Good Friday and Easter saves them. He gathers them around Himself. He draws them to His gifts. He appears in their midst to give them His peace and salvation. That's what tomorrow is all about!

The Lord has brought you out of the domain of darkness. The devil can't accuse you anymore. The Lord rescued you with a not-so-mighty-looking hand--arms outstretched on the cross. He, the eternal First Born, died and rose, becoming the firstborn of all the living. He made you pass through the waters of Holy Baptism. He drowned your Old Adam, the devil, and death, too! Your eternal condemnation is in the rearview mirror. He's given you to eat and drink of the true Rock and Bread--Himself. Jesus feeds you with His Body and Blood to strengthen and keep you, body and soul, unto life everlasting. He will bring you to that life, which isn't a land flowing with milk and honey but the eternal place of God's presence, where you will live forever with Christ, your Savior and Redeemer. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Praise we Him whose love divine Gives His sacred blood for wine, Gives His body for the feast--Christ the victim, Christ the priest. Alleluia! (At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing, LSB 633:2)


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