Easter Reflections 2009

Easter Reflections for 2009.

Reflections for the first four weeks of easter are written by the Rev. Richard Zeile, St. John's Lutheran Church, Taylor, Michigan. Reflections for weeks 5-7 are written by the Rev. John Drosendahl, Peace Lutheran Church, Goldsboro, North Carolina. You may reach Pastor Zeile by email at frzeile@juno.com and Pastor Drosendahl at john.drosendahl@gmail.com.

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April 13, 2009 - Monday in the 1st Week of Easter

Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing Him. (Luke 24:15b-16)

April 14, 2009 - Tuesday in the 1st Week of Easter

Jesus Himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” (Luke 24:36)

April 15, 2009 - Wednesday in the 1st Week of Easter

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to Him… (Small Catechism, Creed, Art.3, explanation)

April 17, 2009 - Friday in the 1st Week of Easter

Let us keep the festival, not with the old yeast..of malice..but with the bread of sincerity and truth. (I Corinthians 5:8)

April 18, 2009 - Saturdayin the 1st Week of Easter

Desire the pure milk of the Word. (1 Peter 2:2)

April 19, 2009 - Second Sunday of Easter

Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and believing, have life in His Name. (John 20:30-31)

April 20, 2009 - Monday in the 2nd Week of Easter

Then you will know that I am the Lord when I open your graves... (Ezekiel 37:13)

April 21, 2009 - Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Easter

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)

April 22, 2009 - Wednesdayin the 2nd Week of Easter

God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father...(Small Catechism, Lord's Prayer, Intro.)

April 23, 2009 - Thursday in the 2nd Week of Easter

Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. (Exodus 25:9)

April 24, 2009 - Friday in the 2nd Week of Easter

“I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” (Luke 6:9)

April 25, 2009 - St. Mark the Evangelist

The disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:20)

April 26, 2009 - Third Sunday of Easter

The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

April 27, 2009 - Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter

I Myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34:15)

April 28, 2009 - Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)

April 29, 2009 - Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

Anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God's Word profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father! (from the Small Catechism, Lord's Prayer, First Petition)

April 30, 2009 - Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

They made the holy garments for Aaron, as the Lord commanded Moses. (Exodus 39:1)

May 1, 2009 - Saints Philip & James the Less, Apostles

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough...” (John 14:8)

May 2, 2009 - Saturday of the 3rd Week of Easter

Say to God, How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, He keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved. (Introit for Easter IV--Psalm 66:3, 5, 8–9)

May 3, 2009 - Fourth Sunday of the Week of Easter

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.(John 16:22)

May 4, 2009 - Monday of the 4th Week of Easter

They who wait for the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles... (Isaiah 40:31)

May 5, 2009 - Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)

May 6, 2009 - Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter

God's kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead Godly lives here in time and there in eternity. (from the 2nd Petition of the Lord’s Prayer)

May 7, 2009 - Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter

“ Any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it to the LORD, that man shall be cut off from his people. (Leviticus 17:8-9)

May 8, 2009 - Friday of the 4th Week of Easter

“So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 18:30)

May 9, 2009 - Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter

His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. (Introit for Easter 5 Psalm 98:1, 3–4)

May 10, 2009 - Fifth Sunday of Easter

And having come, that One (the Paraclete) will convict the world concerning sin, and concerning righteousness, and concerning judgment. (John 16:8)

May 11, 2009 - Monday of the 5th Week of Easter

“Then, you will say on that day, ‘I will give thanks to Thee, O LORD; for although Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou dost comfort me.’” Isaiah 12:1

May 12, 2009 - Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter

Therefore putting aside all filthiness and abundance of malice, in humility receive the Word implanted, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)

May 13, 2009 - Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter

The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also. Explanation of the Third Petition of The Lord’s Prayer, Small Catechism

May 14, 2009 - Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter

Leviticus 24:17 “And if a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.”

May 15, 2009 - Friday of the 5th Week of Easter

“Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence and You taught in our streets’; and He will say, “I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from me all you evildoers.’ (Luke 13:25-27)

May 16, 2009 - Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter

“Declare with the sound of joyful shouting, proclaim this, send it out to the end of the earth. Say: `The Lordhas redeemed His servant Jacob!’” (Isaiah 48:20)

May 17, 2009 - Sixth Sunday of Easter

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

May 18, 2009 - Monday of the 6th Week of Easter

“And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.” (Numbers 21:9)

May 19, 2009 - Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the one of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but a doer of a work, this man shall be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:25)

May 20, 2009 - Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

“Give us this day our daily bread. Was ist Das? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.” (Fourth Petition)

May 21, 2009 - Festival of the Ascension of our Lord

“He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who has does not believe shall be condemned.” Mark 16:16

May 22, 2009 - Friday of the 6th Week of Easter

Numbers 12:1“Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married.”

May 23, 2009 - Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

“Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide Your face from me.” (Psalm 27:7–9)

May 24, 2009 - Seventh Sunday of Easter

“When the Paraclete comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, Who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me.” (John 15:26)

May 25, 2009 - Monday of the 7th Week of Easter

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean…Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh…And I will put My Spirit in you…” (Ezekiel 36:25-27)

May 26, 2009 - Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter

To the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. (1 Peter 4:13)

May 27, 2009 - Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter

“We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins…so we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.” (Fifth petition, explanation)

May 28, 2009 - Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter

Numbers 16:41- 17:3

May 29, 2009 - Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

Numbers 20:1-21

May 30, 2009 - Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter

Let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God;

April 16, 2009 - Thursday in the 1st Week of Easter

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the end He will stand upon the earth. (Job 19:25)