Daily Lectionary: Job 11:1-20; John 5:19-29
We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us the deeds You did in days of old. (From the Introit for Sexagesima)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Tomorrow morning in the Divine Service you’ll speak and sing the words and promises of God that have been passed down to you. Christianity is very, very old, and in a time when everyone wants things shiny and new, we confess that God has been saving His people for more generations than we can count.
It’s easy to get caught up in the here and now of life. It’s easy to want things to be fresh and relevant and maybe not so “historic” and “old.” But there is value in what has been passed on to you from of old. In the liturgy you speak, sing, and echo the ancient words that people like Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, Jesus, Peter, James, Martin Luther, and others have spoken and sung. “You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever.” These old, ancient words speak of the new creation that God the Father has given to you in Christ Jesus. Paul says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Jesus has triumphed over sin, death, and the devil, and He has given you new life. On the Last Day, all that has been passed down to us will be fulfilled and God will proclaim for the final time that His deeds and His salvation have been accomplished for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf
God has spoken by His prophets, Spoken His unchanging Word; Each from age to age proclaiming God the one, the righteous Lord. In the world’s despair and turmoil One firm anchor holds us fast: God is king, His throne eternal; God the first, and God the last. (God Has Spoken by His Prophets, LSB 583:1)