August 9, 2022     2:21 pm
158. Week of Third Sunday after Easter - Wednesday
I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you
          Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you.   1 Corinthians 15:1
          Let me put you in mind, my dear Christian, of the Gospel which has been proclaimed to you in this book from Holy Scriptures. You have embraced this Gospel in true faith, and your faith firmly rests on it. And by this Gospel, just as it has been taught to you, you are saved, if you hold fast to it, unless you render your faith useless through subsequent unbelief. Now, what is it that you have been taught? First of all, that Christ died for our sins according to the prophecy of Holy Writ, and that He was buried; but that, furthermore, also according to the prophecy of Holy Writ, He rose again the third day. And you have been told how He was seen alive by Mary Magdalene; by her companions; by Peter; by those two disciples going to Emmaus; by the whole company of disciples assembled in Jerusalem, twice; by the seven Apostles at the Sea of Gennesaret; by all the Apostles and over 500 brethren with them on a mount in Galilee; again, twice, by the Apostles in Jerusalem. And last of all He was also seen alive by Paul, the great Apostle of the heathen, who for so long had been His enemy, and a persecutor of those who believed in Him. And you have been told that He was seen alive after His resurrection by the Apostles on many more occasions than those enumerated in Scripture. And these eye-witnesses have declared to us the above-mentioned Gospel, the glad tidings that Christ true God and man, according to the prophecy of the Old Testament, died for our sins and was buried and triumphantly rose again the third day. This is the Gospel that saves you. Stay with that! Hold fast to that. Let nothing turn you from it!
          PRAYER: - Lord God, Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your holy Gospel, that divine power to save, which tells me that Your dear Son Jesus Christ died also for my sins, but that, conquering sin, death, and the devil, and all that opposes me, He rose and became my true Redeemer. Give me I beseech You, Your Holy Spirit that I may firmly believe these glad tidings and find abiding comfort in them, and die a blessed death. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:21 pm