August 15, 2022     7:31 am
147. Week of First Sunday after Easter - Saturday
Then He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures
          Then He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures.   Luke 24:45
          The forty days in which the risen Lord was seen by His disciples were drawing to a close. The feast of Pentecost was near at hand. The Lord had again assembled His disciples especially the Apostles in Jerusalem. And one day when He appeared to them, He said to them: "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning Me." Formerly the disciples had never been able to understand when the Lord Jesus spoke to them of His suffering and death and His resurrection on the third day; and the Scriptures which had foretold these things had been just as obscure to them as Jesus' words. But now they saw the fulfilment, now they saw the Crucified before them alive, now all was different, now they understood it all. So now He went through all the Scriptures with them; He showed them how everywhere they prophesied concerning Him, and opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. It must have been a long and precious sermon: the risen Lord the Preacher, and the disciples, now so glad, the hearers. He closed this sermon with the words: "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things."- Note well, Christian: not the New Testament only, but the Old Testament as well everywhere testifies of Christ, and is a Christ-book. Unless you understand this, you do not understand the Old Testament at all. And Jesus, crucified and risen, of whom the New Testament witnesses, is the Messiah foretold and prefigured in the Old Testament, the Saviour of the world. Thus at all times there was but one true faith: the faith of the Christians. And all who ever were saved, from the days of Adam, were saved in no other way than by faith in Christ, the crucified and risen Lord. And there never will be any other saving faith. Let this be your faith, O Christian!
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, true Messiah and Christ, the Son of God the Father, and only Saviour of the world, help me at all times and with all my heart to believe the eternal and unchanging, old and ever new Gospel concerning You, which tells that it was necessary for You to suffer and to die for my sins and the sins of the whole world, and to rise again the third day for my justification and eternal blessedness and for the justification and blessedness of the whole world. Help me, lest I, as so many do, turn away from this Gospel. Grant me grace to cling firmly to it and be saved by it. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:31 am