August 15, 2022     8:50 am
15. Third Week in Advent - Sunday
How Jesus comes to us now
          In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you.   Exodus 20:24
          In the first week of Advent we heard how the Lord, the Son of God, according to His promise, became man and accomplished the work of redemption. In the second week we learned that our dear Lord will come again to judge the living and the dead, and to establish His eternal Kingdom of Glory. In this week we shall learn how our Saviour comes to us now, in this vale of tears, with His salvation and His grace. God the Son, the Lord, had descended upon holy Sinai with an innumerable company of His heavenly hosts, and had given His Law with flaming fire. [Compare Ps. 68:17-18, with Eph. 4:8-10 ] And the people trembled greatly. There the Lord appointed for the people the sacrifice which, until the fullness of time, was to typify His atoning death on the cross of Golgotha. And in this connection He said: "In every place where I record my name I will come to you and I will bless you." So wherever man, according to God's ordinance and institution, would remember Him as the Atoner, Redeemer, and Saviour, there He would come to Him with His gracious salvation, with His saving grace, and bless him. This word of the Lord is valid even in New Testament times, in our day. Wherever the Gospel of Christ, the Saviour of sinners, is read, taught, preached, and heard, and wherever by His command men baptise and administer Holy Communion, there our Lord and Saviour comes to us with His grace, His salvation, and blesses us. There we must salute Him in trusting faith, and confidently accept His salvation, His grace, His blessing.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, my Saviour and my eternal King, now I know where I, a poor sinner, haunted with sorrows shall find You and all Your grace and all Your salvation. You come to me in Your Word and in Your holy Sacraments, and bless me with an everlasting blessing. Grant me grace, O Lord, to continue steadfast in the right and true faith, that at all times I may seek You and Your salvation in these Your blessed means of grace, and hold fast to You, until You shall come to take me where I shall see You in everlasting joy and blessedness. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     8:50 am