MAUNDY (HOLY) THURSDAY

(13 Apr 2017)

Exodus 24:3–11 or Exodus 12:1–14; Ps. 116:12-19; Hebrews 9:11–22 or 1 Corinthians 11:23–32; Matthew 26:17–30 or John 13:1–17, 31b–35

LSB 617: O Lord, We Praise Thee

(Begins at 2:54)

Let Us Love One Another, as Christ Jesus Has Loved Us and Loves Us to the End

“The Lord’s Passover” (Ex. 12:11) and “the blood of the covenant” at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 24:8) foreshow the Lord’s Supper. The blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, now covers us, and we keep His Supper “as a feast to the Lord” (Ex. 12:13–14). In Him we see “the God of Israel” (Ex. 24:9), and yet He does not lay His hand on us to punish us, but from His hand we eat and drink in peace. As our High Priest, He “entered once for all into the holy places…by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:11–12). He shed His own blood in order to “purify our conscience” and bring us before His God and Father “without blemish” (Heb. 9:14). The holy Apostles received this New Testament in His Blood from the Lord Jesus “on the night when He was betrayed,” and they delivered the same to His Church, which we also now receive in the name and remembrance of Christ (1 Cor. 11:23–26; Matt. 26:26–28). Since He has “loved His own who were in the world” and He loves us “to the end” (John 13:1), therefore, let us also “love one another” (John 13:34).


GOOD FRIDAY

(14 Apr 2017)

Isaiah 52:13—53:12; Ps. 22:1-31 or Ps. 31:1-24; Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9; John 18:1—19:42 or John 19:17–30

LSB 454: Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle

Behold the Lamb of God, Who Takes Away the Sin of the World

Jesus, the Lamb of God, is led to the slaughter of His Cross as the Sacrifice of Atonement for the sin of the world. “Despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3), He is the righteous Servant who justifies many by His innocent suffering and death. He bears our griefs and sorrows; He is wounded for our transgressions; He is crushed for our iniquities; He suffers our chastisement; “and with His stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:4–5). As the Son of God, He fulfills the Law for us in human flesh, and so fulfills the Scriptures (John 19:7, 24). In perfect faith and faithfulness, He shares all our weaknesses and temptations, “yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). As our merciful High Priest He brings us to the Father in peace, “makes intercession for the transgressors” (Is. 53:12), and joins our prayers to His own, so that we are heard “because of His reverence” (Heb. 5:7). From His Cross He gives us His Spirit (John 19:30), washes us with water from His side, and covers us with His blood (John 19:34).


HOLY SATURDAY

(15 Apr 2017)

Daniel 6:1-24; Ps. 16:1-11; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66

LSB 448: O Darkest Woe


EASTER SUNRISE

(16 Apr 2017)

Exodus 14:10—15:1; Ps. 118:15-29 or The Song of Moses and Israel; 1 Corinthians 15:1–11; John 20:1–18

LSB 467: Awake, My Heart, with Gladness

The Lord Jesus Brings Us Out of Death into Life with His God and Father in Heaven

In Adam all people die, because all people sin. The children of that first gardener have been driven out of Paradise and return to the dust whence they were taken. But now another Gardener has come, who has made His bed in the dust of the earth and who by His rising restores Paradise to all the children of men. With His voice of the Gospel He calls us by name, and He opens our eyes to behold Him by faith. At His Word, we enter His tomb through Baptism into His death, so that, just as He is risen, we also “rise from the dead” (John 20:9). Come, then, “sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously” (Ex. 15:1). He has fought for us against our enemies, and in His Resurrection not one enemy remains. “Fear not,” therefore, but “see the salvation of the Lord” (Ex. 14:13), which He delivers “as of first importance” by the preaching of His Gospel (1 Cor. 15:3). Thus we are raised with Christ “in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:4), and we stand firm because we “are being saved” (1 Cor. 15:1–2).


EASTER SUNDAY

(16 Apr 2017)

Acts 10:34–43 or Jeremiah 31:1–6; Ps. 16:1-11; Colossians 3:1–4; Matthew 28:1–10

LSB 458: Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands

The Victory of the Christ Crucified Is Given to You in the Preaching of His Resurrection

Every Sunday is the Lord’s Day, the day of His Resurrection, “after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week” (Matt. 28:1). In the Divine Service the Church enters upon the eternal “Eighth Day.” The Lord Jesus, “who was crucified,” who “has risen, as He said” (Matt. 28:6), is the firstborn from the dead and the first-fruits of the New Creation. Because “you have died” with Him in Holy Baptism, “you have been raised with Christ” and “your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1, 3). The Lord Jesus has become our God, as surely as He is “the God of all the clans of Israel,” and we now belong to His people (Jer. 31:1). In this He “shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34), but “everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name” (Acts 10:43). As “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power” and “raised Him on the third day,” He also raises us up and pours out His Spirit upon us through the Gospel (Acts 10:38, 40).


EASTER EVENING / MONDAY

(16 Apr / 17 Apr 2017)

Exodus 15:1–18 or Daniel 12:1c–3; Ps. 100:1-5; Acts 10:34–43 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b–8; Luke 24:13–35, 36–49

LSB 463: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia

The Passover Lamb of God Is Known in the Breaking of the Bread

The celebration of Easter is a never-ending feast, because “Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7). “Let us celebrate the festival” (1 Cor. 5:8), and let us “sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously” (Ex. 15:1). He is our strength and our song because He has become our salvation. “They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree, but God raised Him on the third day” (Acts 10:39). His chosen witnesses, “who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead” (Acts 10:41), now preach “forgiveness of sins through His name” (Acts 10:43). By this preaching Jesus draws near and leads us to His holy abode. He opens the Scriptures to us, and He opens our minds to understand “the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). He opens our eyes to recognize His wounds and to know Him “in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35). At His Table, He pours out the Spirit of His Father upon us, so that we shall be delivered; we shall be awakened from the dust of the earth, not to shame and everlasting contempt, but “to everlasting life” (Dan. 12:2).


Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn videos)


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Worldview Everlasting takes on hyssop and sour wine for this Holy Week.


Worldview Everlasting – On the Road to Word and Sacrament (Luke 24:13-35)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Luke chapter 24 and the Emmaus Road.


Worldview Everlasting – It is, like, Totally Necessary (Luke 24:36-49)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Luke 24 and then some.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Good Friday and Easter — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:16, 52.4 MB, 2017-Apr-11)


Lectionary Podcast - Good Friday - Series A

Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson for the day


Lectionary Podcast - Easter Sunday - Series A

Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson for the day


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)