August 9, 2022     3:49 pm
152. Week of Second Sunday after Easter - Thursday
He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities
          He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.   Psalms 130:8
          Christ has redeemed us from all our sins. Scripture says so. This is our faith. And this is most certainly true.- But how is this? We still have sin, we are sinners, we sin. How, then, are we to understand that Christ has redeemed, rid, freed us from all our sins? - We sin against the Law of God. Hence we are guilty and liable to penalty. Because of our sins we are under the curse of the Law. From the guilt and penalty of sin, or from the curse of the Law, which is the same thing, Christ has redeemed, rid, and freed us. "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us," says the holy Apostle, Gal. 3:13. And from the dominion of sin Christ has redeemed us. Sin, which indeed still dwells within us, can no longer own, dominate, enslave, rule, govern us, and shape our lives. We can laugh and mock at sin, resist it, be disobedient to it, and act contrary to it. Christ has rid and freed us from our former vain life under the authority of sin, received by tradition from our fathers from the beginning. The Apostle Peter writes: "You know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain life received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot," 1Pet. 1:18,19. And the time will come when we shall be freed altogether from every sin that still clings to us, for the sake of the sacrifice which Christ made for us. And all this has been brought to light and vouched for by the resurrection of Christ, when Christ, our Substitute, having finished the work of our salvation, entered into a new life, which no longer was subject to our sin.
          PRAYER: - Risen Saviour! Now You are rid of the sins of the world; You have atoned for it and vanquished it. And in You I am rid of my sin; it can neither damn nor rule me. For this I thank You with all my redeemed heart. O grant that I may enjoy the knowledge of this my blessed freedom, and, being rid entirely of an evil conscience, of anxiety and fear, may serve you with cheerful heart, until I shall awake from the sleep of death with Your likeness. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:49 pm