August 15, 2022     8:10 am
72. Week of Septuagesima Sunday - Monday
It is expedient for us that one man should die for the people
          It is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish.   John 11:50
          Many of the Jews who had witnessed the raising of Lazarus believed in Jesus. But some of them went away to the. Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and Pharisees gathered a council and said: "What are we going to do? for this Man does many miracles. If we let Him alone, all men will believe on Him; and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation." And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that year, said to them: "You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish." Now he did not say this on his own authority, but, being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation, and not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. The latter are God's elect, whom God's eye sees. So from that day on they plotted to put Jesus to death. Jesus therefore walked openly no more among the Jews, but went from there to a country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, between Bethel and Jericho, and there remained with His disciples. And the Jews Passover was at hand. (John 11:45-55.)
          Yes, indeed, it is expedient that the one Jesus should die for us all, and that we do not all perish. Indeed, according to the counsel of God, Jesus should die for all men, and gather together a blessed congregation of God's children. Indeed Jesus has died for us, and we who believe in Him shall live through Him. Believe, O believe in Him, Christian!
          PRAYER: - I believe in You, my Saviour. Help me always to believe in You. You have died in my stead, and have procured salvation for me. Help me to seize on Your salvation. Help me into heaven, help me into eternal life, Lord Jesus! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     8:10 am