August 15, 2022     8:45 am
230. Week of Fifth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
What manner of man is this!
          And they, being afraid, wondered, saying one to another: What manner of man is this!   Luke 8:25
          We must be filled with holy fear and wonder when we behold Jesus as Scripture pictures Him to us. We must say as the disciples did: "What manner of man is this!" We observe in the Lord Jesus two natures very distinct from one another: the uncreated eternal, divine nature, and the created temporal, human nature. The eternal Son of God in the fullness of time received the human nature into His person: the true God WAS MADE true man. The human nature now is the own nature of the Son of God. Jesus Christ is God and is man in one person. And so each of the two natures, though always distinct as to the essence of each, partakes of the properties of the other. Thus, because of this union of the two natures in one person, the eternal Son of God was born twenty centuries ago (Gal. 4:4,5); He the true God, the Lord of Glory, the Prince of Life, shed His blood for us, was crucified, put to death. (1 John 1:7; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 2:8; Acts 3:15) And He, the Son of Man possesses all divine majesty: omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, power to give life, power to forgive sins and to execute Judgment, the honour of worship. (Matt. 28:18; John 21:17; Matt. 28:20; John 5:27,27; Hebr. 1:6; John 5:23) And it was necessary that Jesus Christ should be true God and man in one person, because He was to be our Redeemer. It was necessary that He should be man, that He might be capable of fulfilling the Law, of suffering and dying, as all men's Substitute; it was necessary that He should be God, that He might be able to appease the wrath of God and to overcome sin, death, and the devil.- Meditate upon this, Christian, and worship Him whose name is "Wonderful."
          PRAYER: - Indeed, Lord Jesus Christ, You are wonderful, You are "The Wonderful" foretold by the Prophet. No man's reason can comprehend You. But shine in my heart by means of Your Word; by means of your Gospel cast Your image into my soul, glorify Yourself within my heart and soul through Your Holy Spirit, that I may believe in You, true God and man and my only dearly beloved Saviour, blessed forever! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     8:45 am