March 13, 2013 - Wednesday of Laetare

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 44:1-18,32-34; Mark 12:28-44

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord... (The Small Catechism: The Creed, Second Article)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. “Laetare. Rejoice!” Rejoice because this Jesus is true God and true man. True God, begotten of the Father. He's always been God. He made everything. He is the eternal Word, the eternal Word which declares that sinners have favor and forgiveness in His sight. That Word is before anyone ever spoke a word against Him or against you or you against someone else. That saving Word has always been around.

Rejoice because this Jesus is true man. He knows what you're going through. He went through it Himself. He knows pain. He knows suffering. He knows the gripping temptation to turn away from God and do your own thing, just like you are faced with each day. He knows what it is to suffer and bleed and even die—something you haven't done yet if you're reading this.

Rejoice that He is God and man in one Person, so that by His being man He can offer Himself as a sacrifice for your sins and by His being God He can make that sacrifice yours and deliver its forgiveness to you wherever and whenever you are.

Rejoice that God became man for you. That this Man Jesus is God. That His being God and man means your salvation and everlasting life. He who is true God and man gives you earthly gifts with divine power: Water and word; absolution; body and blood. And so you, human being that you are, are once again right with God and joined to Him forever. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

In silent pain the eternal son Hangs derelict and still; In darkened day His work is done, Fulfilled, His Father's will. Uplifted for the world to see He hangs in strangest victory, For in His body on the tree He carries all our ill. (In Silent Pain the Eternal Son, LSB 432:1)

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