August 15, 2022     7:40 am
149. Week of Second Sunday after Easter - Monday
Destroy this temple, and in three days I will build it up
          Destroy this temple, and in three days I will build it up.   John 2:19
          Jesus said this to the Jews when they asked Him to give a sign showing that He was the promised Christ. He spoke of the temple of His body. Kill me, and in three days I will rise again; that was the meaning of His words. The resurrection of Jesus, who had been put to death, is the great sign which shows that He is the Christ promised in Scripture, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, and that His doctrine is right and true. If Jesus had not been the Christ but - the pen almost refuses to write it - a false prophet, then He surely would not have risen, but would have remained in the grave, like all false prophets. But since He is risen He has proved beyond all doubt that He is the Son of God, and the Saviour promised in the Scripture, the ever truthful, whose words will not pass away. When, therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said to them the words of our text, and they believed, they believed in Him, they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. Everything, the truth of all the Scripture, the whole Christian faith, yes, everything depends upon the resurrection of Jesus. If His resurrection did not take place, then all is vain, but since it has, all is sustained. Christian, you must be altogether certain of Jesus' resurrection, or you cannot believe in Him as your Saviour. And you can be altogether certain of it. The eye-witnesses testify to it with one accord. These eye-witnesses testify to it in writings which radiate nothing but holiness. The same is true of the Old Testament prophecies. And the Holy Spirit bears witness, divine and powerful witness, that the Scripture of the Prophets and of the Apostles and Evangelists is truth. Nothing on earth is so strongly declared to be the truth as the resurrection of Jesus. And so your faith in Jesus Christ, Your Saviour, is well founded. You are redeemed.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, heavenly Sun, You set before the eyes of the world and even of Your disciples, when You died on the cross. Soon, however, You rose again, when You came forth alive from the grave, and in rapture Your disciples beheld You. And in their Spirit-testimony You shine on me also, O true Light of mercy, full of life, salvation, and never-ending bliss. O my Lord and Saviour, let my eyes always be fixed on You that in You I may know my salvation. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:40 am