August 9, 2022     2:42 pm
136. Week of Easter Sunday - Tuesday
For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead
          For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead.   John 20:9
          Mary Magdalene found Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved (John), and said to them: "They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we do not know where they have laid Him." Peter therefore went forth, with the other disciple, and they came to the sepulchre. And both ran; and the other disciple outran Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths lying; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter followed him into the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying there, and the napkin that was around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who came first to the sepulchre went in, and saw, and believed. What did he believe? "That He had been taken away, as Mary Magdalene had told them", says Dr. Luther. "For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead." Then the disciples went away again to their own home.- God kindles and preserves true faith through His Word. If this is lost sight of, the cheerless appearance of things overpowers one. So it was with the disciples. Indeed, they knew the Scripture that Christ must rise from the dead; Christ had told them that repeatedly. But this very Word had never become a living knowledge with them. Hence the terrors of the cross and the horrors of the grave and of death so clouded their vision that from the vacant tomb they learned only that the body was gone, and not that Jesus was risen. Christian, let the Scripture illumine you, or you will see nothing but darkness!
          PRAYER: - O God the Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ, our Saviour, who through the Word illumines the hearts of Your believers to know the divine truth and to comfort themselves with it, illumine my heart also, that I may comfort myself abundantly with the resurrection of our Saviour, and that I may have the full assurance that He has completely overpowered sin, death, and the grave for my benefit, and has procured for me righteousness, life, and eternal, salvation, until I shall reach those blessed abodes where believing will be changed to seeing. Amen.

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August 9, 2022     2:42 pm