Holy Cross Day

Today's Reading: John 12:20-33

Daily Lectionary: 2 Chronicles 33:1-25; Colossians 1:24-2:7

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. (John 12:31-33)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. In the desert, the Israelites were struck down by fiery snakes, that they might repent and turn back to God. Many of the Israelites died. God then told Moses to place a fiery snake upon a pole and lift it high so that all who would look at the snake lifted up would surely live. In their sin, God saved them.

We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God and deserve death and hell for our offenses toward God. Christ proclaims that He is the serpent that shall be lifted up for all nations to see. And so He was. Christ, who knew no sin, became sin for us so that we would not die, but rather we would live and live eternally!
As Christ predicted His death to His disciples, Christ points to the cross. Christ points to the pole that He would hang from, high above the earth. Christ points to the cross as the symbol of His own death. Christ points to His own death and glory so that by this death all nations would be drawn to Him. And so we have been and we are now called His Bride, His Church, and His Body. And as His Church, we continue to be fed with all the merits He won for us by being lifted up. He gives to us water, Body and Blood from His side. It is by this that we are forgiven, edified, and brought into eternal life. Praise be to the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be the people of God. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Come to Calv'ry's holy mountain, Sinners, ruined by the fall; Here a pure and healing fountain Flows for you, for me, for all, In a full, perpetual tide, Opened when our Savior died. (Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain, LSB 435:1)

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