August 15, 2022     7:37 am
151. Week of Second Sunday after Easter - Wednesday
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.
          But now Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.   1 Corinthians 15:20
          Death is dreadful! It takes all away from us, We return to dust. But that does not make an end of us. After the darkness of death there is the darkness of death: judgment and eternal damnation. Death is the wages of sin. The bands of death are as strong as God, who has subjected us to it. But Christ has taken our sin upon Himself and atoned for it. He entered into our death and arose from the dead. He arose from the dead to give us resurrection. He has destroyed our death. He has riven the bands of our death. He is become the first-fruits of them that sleep. We who are His own in faith only sleep when we die, and in this sleep nothing shall disturb us. And then we shall follow Him, the first-fruits, and shall likewise rise from the dead, full of eternal life, full of inexpressible joy, to eternal bliss. Do you rejoice when now, in springtime, you behold the first little flower lift its head? Yes, for you know that more shall follow, a rich profusion of spring and summer grandeur. So Christ, our first-fruits has lifted up His head from the great burying-ground, but many will follow, all those who believe in Him. If Christ had not risen, we would all be lost in death. But now that Christ is risen, we shall all rise. Once more we say: Everything, the truth of all the Scripture, the whole Christian faith, yes, everything depends upon the resurrection of Jesus. If this did not take place, then all is vain. Since, however it did take place, all is sustained. Christian you must be altogether certain of the resurrection of Jesus, or you cannot believe Him to be Your Saviour.
          PRAYER: - Grant, O faithful God, that I may live in true faith which rests on my Saviour, die in Your grace, sleep in peace, rise by Your power, and thereupon inherit the blessed hope of eternal life, for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, who has destroyed all the terrors and bands of death for me. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:37 am