Monday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: 2 Chronicles 28:8-15

Daily Lectionary: 2 Chronicles 29:1-24; Philippians 3:1-21

And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. But aren't you also guilty of sins against the Lord your God? Now listen to me! Send back your fellow Israelites you have taken as prisoners, for the Lord's fierce anger rests on you." (2 Chronicles 28:10-11)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. "But aren't you also guilty of sins against the Lord your God?" Christ speaks quite often about this very thing. "He who is without sin, cast the first stone." And not one stone flew through the air. Here we see the Israelites, God's own people, who have captured men and women of both Judah and Jerusalem and made them slaves and treated them poorly.

Israel cast stone after stone by subjecting their neighbors to slavery and continuously sinning against them. We, too, sin against God our Father like the Israelites and cast stones before we even think. And just like God the Father poured out His anger and it rested on the Israelites, so also He poured out His anger and wrath for us! For us, but not on us! Rather, He poured it onto His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who was crucified for us on the cross.

It was on that cross that our Lord Jesus Christ bore all of God's wrath against sin and became the final sacrifice for that sin! It was on that cross that our Lord became the final broken sinner, not because He sinned but so that we might have forgiveness. And this forgiveness is poured over us in Holy Baptism, in which we are crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and arise sanctified in Christ. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Salvation unto us has come By God's free grace and favor; Good works cannot avert our doom, They help and save us never. Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone, Who did for all the world atone; He is our one Redeemer. (Salvation Unto Us Has Come, LSB 555:1)

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