August 15, 2022     6:56 am
167. Week of Fourth Sunday after Easter - Friday
Death is swallowed up in victory
          Death is swallowed up in victory   1 Corinthians 15:54
          When the dead shall rise, and those have been changed who will be living when Christ appears for Judgment, when this corruptible puts on incorruption, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will be brought to pass that saying which is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "That is to say," writes Dr. Luther, "death will lie prostrate and have no more power; and life will be on top, as it were, and say: The combat has been won! Where are you, death? Then we shall shout in glee and sing: "O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?" The sting of death, that which brought death into the world and gave it the power it has over us to destroy and devour us and to drag us down to hell, is sin; and the strength of sin, that which makes sin so deserving of death, is the Law, the divine Law, which we have transgressed. "But thanks be to God; who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ;" Our Lord Jesus Christ bore our sins for us, in our stead, as our Substitute, and rendered full satisfaction to the Law of God; He entered into combat with death, our death, conquered it, arose triumphantly, brought eternal life to light for us, calls us to Himself, gives us His victory, His righteousness, His life, His blessedness, and glory. Indeed, death is swallowed up in victory!" O death where is your victory? O grave, where is your sting? But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" Through faith in Christ Jesus, our Saviour, we are God's dear children. Sin is forgiven. Eternal life is our inheritance. We shall take possession of that when we awaken with the body glorified. Hallelujah!
          PRAYER: - Yes, Amen, hallelujah, Lord Jesus Christ! I see You and have You, my Saviour. And so I see and have light in the darkness of sin and death. Sin is forgiven, death has lost all its terrors. In my last hour I shall say to You: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! And You shall quicken my body and make it all heavenly and glorious. Yes, Amen, Lord Jesus, You will surely do this, and give me eternal glory. Keep me in true faith in You, Lord Jesus! This also You will do. Hallelujah, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     6:56 am