May 31, 2024     4:28 am
97. Week of First Sunday in Lent - Friday
He will reprove the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment
          He will reprove the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment   John 16:8
          Thus the Lord spoke to His disciples in the night in which He was betrayed: "But now I go my way to Him that sent Me; and none of you ask Me, Where are You going? But because I have said these things to you sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you." By His going to the Father, by atoning for our sins with His precious suffering and death, our Redeemer has brought it about that the Holy Spirit comes to us and most kindly comforts us with the only, yes, the eternal comfort of God, which is Christ, and makes us bold and confident against all the enmity of the world.- But even with this malignant world, which hates and rejects Christ and His witnesses, the Holy Spirit desires to accomplish something through our testimony. What? He wants to reprove the world. What does that mean? He wishes to convince it against its will - of what? Of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. How so of sin? Through our testimony of Christ the Holy Spirit thrusts this prick into the hearts of unbelievers: If we do not believe in Christ, we remain under the curse of sin. And of righteousness? Thus: By rejecting Christ, who through His death and resurrection and ascension went to the Father, we reject the only righteousness thus procured for us, and in which we can stand before God. And, lastly, of judgment? Thus: We who reject Christ serve the prince of this world; but he and all his followers and all his pomp is judged and damned. On the day of Judgment, when God shall bring to light the counsels of the hearts, it will become manifest that by our testimony of Christ this threefold prick has been thrust into the hearts of gainsayers[those who speak against], and that with premeditated malice they kicked against this prick. Thus the Holy Spirit gives us the power of God, and makes our testimony divinely effectual. So let us, each on his part, bear firm, undaunted, strong witness of Jesus. (John 16:5-11.)
          PRAYER: - God Holy Spirit, grant me, I beseech You, courage and strength to be a true witness of the only Saviour of sinners, Jesus Christ. Grant me grace to bring many to the salutary knowledge of Jesus Christ. But thrust a prick into the hearts of malicious gainsayers that they may become aware of the fact that they are rejecting their salvation, the only salvation of their souls. Let Your almighty Word be effectual, for You truly are He that testifies of Christ on earth. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
May 31, 2024     4:28 am