(21 April 2019)
Job 19:23–27; Ps. 118:15-29; 1 Cor 15:51–57; John 20:1–18
Of the Day: LSB 467 Awake My Heart with Gladness
Our Redeemer Lives!
In Adam, all die because all 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 in His resurrection He has opened paradise for all the children of Adam. For “death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:54), and God “gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57). So we each confess that “my Redeemer lives” and “in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25, 26). As He has called us out of darkness into light and wiped away our tears, we behold Him now by faith and recognize His voice in the Gospel. We enter His tomb by the death of Holy Baptism, and we also share His resurrection. For as surely as He has risen, so we also one day “must rise from the dead” (John 20:9).
Is 65:17–25; Ps. 16; 1 Cor 15:19–26; Luke 24:1–12
Entrance: LSB 457 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Of the Day: LSB 458 Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
Offertory: LSB 459/460 Christ Is Arisen/Christians, to the Paschal Victim (Victimae Paschali)
Distribution: LSB 467 Awake, My Heart, with Gladness;
LSB 474 Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen
LSB 633 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
Closing: LSB 482 This Joyful Eastertide
Christ’s Resurrection Is the Firstfruits of the New Creation
The Lord has promised to “create new heavens and a new earth” (Is. 65:17), in which His people shall abide in peace and joy. That new creation has begun in the bodily resurrection of Christ Jesus. All the baptized belong to that new creation. Reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, they are “the offspring of the blessed of the Lord” (Is. 65:23). The Lord rejoices and is glad in them; He hears and answers their prayers. For “if in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19). But Christ Jesus has been raised, “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). We may be “perplexed about this” (Luke 24:4), perhaps even frightened and brought to our knees, because it seems like an “idle tale” (Luke 24:11). But faith clings to the Word of Christ and finds His resurrected body — not in the tomb, but in His Holy Supper.
Lectionary Podcast - Easter Sunday - Series C - Luke 24:1-12 - Dr. Arthur Just, Jr.
Dr. Arthur A. Just, Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Easter Sunday
Luke 24:1-12 (SBLGNT)
2 εὗρον δὲ τὸν λίθον ἀποκεκυλισμένον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου,
8 καὶ ἐμνήσθησαν τῶν ῥημάτων αὐτοῦ,
9 καὶ ὑποστρέψασαι ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου ἀπήγγειλαν ταῦτα πάντα τοῖς ἕνδεκα καὶ πᾶσιν τοῖς λοιποῖς.
11 καὶ ἐφάνησαν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν ὡσεὶ λῆρος τὰ ῥήματα ⸀ταῦτα, καὶ ἠπίστουν αὐταῖς.
(1) And the first of the sabbaths, while still very early, they came on the tomb, carrying spices which they prepared; and some were with them.
(2) And they found the stone having been rolled away from the tomb.
(3) And going in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
(4) And it happened, as they were perplexed about this, even behold, two men in shining clothing stood by them.
(5) And they becoming terrified, and bowing their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why do you seek the living with the dead?
(6) He is not here, but was raised. Remember how He spoke to you, yet being in Galilee,
(7) saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and to be crucified, and the third day to rise again.
(8) And they remembered His Words.
(9) And returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven, and to all the rest.
(10) And they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary mother of James, and the rest with them, who told these things to the apostles.
(11) And their words seemed like foolishness to them, and they did not believe them.
(12) But rising up, Peter ran to the tomb, and stooping down he saw the linen lying alone. And he went away wondering to himself at what had happened.