August 15, 2022     7:46 am
153. Week of Second Sunday after Easter - Friday
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
          And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.   Hebrews 2:15
          Christ has redeemed us from death. Scripture says so, and such is our firm belief, And it is most certainly true.- But how about this? We must die, and the germ of death grows and is rank within us. How, then, are we to understand that Christ has redeemed, rid, and freed us from death? - Our dying in this present time is in reality the entrance to eternal death, eternal damnation. But this eternal death, eternal damnation, has been done away with entirely for us through Christ, who has redeemed us from the guilt and penalty of our sins. We who are in Christ need in no way fear it. And for this reason we also need not fear temporal death. For if, in departing this life, we do not enter eternal death, why need we be afraid to die? What, then, do we enter through temporal death? Eternal life. Don't you know what the Saviour said to the dying robber who believed in Him? He said to Him: "Truly, I say to you, Today you shall be with me in paradise." This He also says to us when we die. Should we, then, be afraid? And He will even raise our body from the grave, and fashion it like His glorious body. Fear? No, we need not fear temporal death. Quite the reverse! When, according to the will of our Lord, the hour of our death approaches, then we must join aged Simeon in exclaiming: "Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation." All this has been brought to light and vouched for by the resurrection of Christ, when Christ, our Substitute, having accomplished the work of our salvation, entered into a new life, which was free from our death.
          PRAYER: - Risen Saviour! Now You are free from the death of the world; You have borne and vanquished it. And in You I am free from death; it can no longer devour and keep 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 of every anxiety and fear of death, may commit my soul into Your hands in the hour of death, until You will also quicken my body unto eternal life. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:46 am