August 15, 2022     6:55 am
73. Week of Septuagesima Sunday - Tuesday
Apostles understood none of these things
          Behold the Lamb of God!   John 1:36
          Now came the Feast of the Passover. Jesus  went with His disciples from Ephraim to Jerusalem by way of Jericho. And on the road between Ephraim and Jericho He took the twelve disciples aside and said to them: "Look, we're going up to Jerusalem, and everything the Prophets wrote about the Son of Man will be done. For He shall be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, scourge, and crucify Him; and on the third day He shall rise again." But they understood none of this.  It was a mystery to them and they didn't know what He meant. (Matt.20:17-19; Luke 18:31-34.) Before the vision of Jesus all that should happen to Him in Jerusalem was clearly unfolded. And willingly He went to suffer all. For He knew that He was the Lamb of God that should suffer all these things for the salvation of mankind, by the eternal and determinate counsel of God, and according to the prophecies and types of the Old Testament. But at that time His disciples could not understand this.
          If you wish to truly know Jesus, you must know Him in His death and resurrection. You must know Him to be the Lamb of God that takes away and - conquers your sin and that of the whole world. This is the true and saving faith.
          PRAYER: - Thank You, Lord Jesus, O Lamb of God, that You so willingly atoned for my sin through Your bitter suffering and death, and so utterly abolished it through Your victorious resurrection, so that it can in no way harm me any more. Give me, I beseech You, Your Holy Spirit, that I may truly know this, comforting myself with You, and in faith pleading You before God to be the real sacrifice by which my propitiation has been effected. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     6:55 am