Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today's Reading: Isaiah 40:25-31

Daily Lectionary: Leviticus 9:1-24; Luke 9:18-36

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

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus is alive. He was weary, He had no strength, He was forsaken, weak, alone, and then He was dead. At exactly the right moment, when everything had been fulfilled, Jesus said, "It is finished," and He breathed His last. But that wasn't it. His Father restored His strength--He raised Him from the dead.

So what's got you down? We've got our struggles in life--the day-to-day grind. People get us down. The world gets us down. Our family isn't picture perfect. Our sins get us down, but no matter what we do we can't really solve all these problems. We're just powerless to fix our situation.

The Lord Jesus isn't powerless, though. He's the eternal Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. He saves us from what most hurts us: sin, death, and even the devil. He does what we couldn't and wouldn't do. He saves us. For you He became weary, for you He died, for you He rose. He went into the depths of sin and wrath to save you from the everlasting consequences of what you've done and haven't done.

You've got nothing, but even when you've got nothing, you have everything because Jesus has you. He enlivens you. He gives you strength. He's given you the new birth and life of the water and of the Spirit in Holy Baptism. He fills you up with His Word of forgiveness when it's read to you, preached, and delivered in the Absolution. He gives you to eat and drink His Body and Blood which strengthen and keep you unto everlasting life. And Jesus will strengthen you on the Last Day when your body will rise from death, and you'll live together with Jesus in body and soul forever.

No matter what's weakened you in your faith toward God and in your love toward one another, Jesus strengthens you with His forgiveness. He feds you with the medicine of immortality--His Body and Blood--and He will increase your strength when He raises you on the Last Day. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Now no more can death appall, Now no more the grave enthrall; You have opened paradise, And Your saints in You shall rise. Alleluia! (At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing, LSB 633:6)

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