August 15, 2022     7:01 am
109. Week of Third Sunday in Lent - Wednesday
The captors came and laid hands on Jesus
          All this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.   Mathew 26:56
          Immediately Judas came, and drew near to Jesus, and said, "Hail, Master!" and kissed Him. Jesus, however, said to this thoroughly hardened and doomed man: "Friend, why have you come? Judas, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss? Then the captors came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. When the disciples saw what would follow, they said to Jesus: "Lord, shall we smite with the sword? "And Peter stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and struck off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. But the Lord Jesus stopped Peter and said: "Put up your sword into the sheath; for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Don't you know that I can even now pray to my Father, and He would presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? The cup which my Father has given me, shall I not drink it? But how, then, shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? And He touched Malchus' ear and healed him. And to the chief priests and captains of the temple who had come along He said: "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and staves, to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you laid no hold on Me; but this is your hour and the power of darkness. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled. All this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. And among them there was a certain young man who had followed Him to Gethsemane, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body. And the bailiffs laid hold on him and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.
          Judas' satanic betrayal, the murderous hatred of the elders of the church, the dark power of hell, the pitiful flight of the disciples, the capture of the great Lord and Saviour at the hands of sinners,- what awful things we see here! Back of it all, however, there was, and in it all there prevailed the gracious counsel of God for our salvation as revealed in the prophecies of the Old Testament: all this was done, that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. God be praised!
          PRAYER: - Yes, praise and glory be to You, O God for so bridling and ruling and guiding the most accursed wickedness of Satan and of the ungodly that thereby Your gracious counsel for the salvation of us poor sinners must prevail and be accomplished. Praise be to You for giving Your dear Son into the hands of sinners for the salvation of sinners. O gracious God, grant to me, a sinner, that I may take comfort from this in true faith and obtain salvation. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:01 am