August 9, 2022     2:35 pm
48. Week of First Sunday after Epiphany - Friday
Nain miracle
          He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces.   Isaiah 25:8
          On the day after the event of yesterday's lesson, Jesus went into the city of Nain, seven or eight hours' walk from Capernaum. Many of His disciples and a great crowd went with Him. Now when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, a widow, and many people of the city were with her. When the Lord saw her He had compassion on her and said to her: "Do not weep." And He came near, touched the coffin; and the bearers stood still. He said: "Young man, I say to you Arise." And the dead man sat up and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother. (Luke 7:11-14.)
          This is a picture of now and hereafter. Now death reigns, the wages of sin. It swallows up young and old. How much misery and grief sin causes! But the Lord whose glory you behold in this story, our Saviour, who conquered sin and death, shall one day come again and oppose Death; and He will touch this old earth, which once was Nain, "The Beautiful", "The Lovely," but now has become a huge burying-ground, and will awaken His own from there to eternal life, and will swallow up death in victory, and will wipe away tears from off all faces. And He will restore us to one another; and will create a new Nain, where there shall be fullness of joy, and at His right hand rivers of pleasure forevermore. In this way you must view death, Christian, and so behold your Saviour. Let this be your sure and joyful hope in faith.
          PRAYER: - Omnipotent Lord, Jesus Christ, Conqueror of Death, who has compassion with all that mourn because of death, comfort all the sorrowing by the knowledge of You, keep all the dying in true faith, and give me, too, Your Holy Spirit that I may commend my soul into Your hands, and at all times know and acknowledge You to be the Lord God who will forever abolish death, and on the last day give to me and all the elect eternal life with endless joy and glory, wherein You, Lord, now live and reign, world without end. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:35 pm