Saturday of the Eighth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 28:3-25; 1 Corinthians 6:1-20

He will repay my enemies for their evil. Cut them off in Your truth. (Psalm 54:5 from the Introit for Trinity 9)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Go ahead, bring your enemies to church tomorrow. Bring sin and the fear of death and the devil to the Divine Service. And watch what Jesus does to them!

The Name! Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Right then in the Invocation the ambassador of Christ (your pastor) declares those enemies have no place at the Divine Service. Here are gathered those named by the Lord as His own!

Absolution! Here the enemies are told they have been defeated. Their accusations and disturbances will not be tolerated. You are free from your sins for Jesus' sake.

The Scriptures and the preaching of the sermon! Here the ambassador speaks, declaring to you what your Savior has done and accomplished, and how He has made your enemies His enemies, fought them and defeated them!

The Supper! Here the enemies must starve while you are fed with the Body and Blood that drive them away, make you a temple of the Holy Spirit and a lion to roar back and chase them off!

The liturgy and hymns and prayers! Here are the cries of God's people, lifting up their voices to the Savior who cuts off all their enemies in His Truth. That Truth is His Word. That Truth is Jesus. Here the enemies of the cross are repaid for their evil and you are paid with the precious blood of Jesus by which you are ransomed. No gold or silver here but the innocent sufferings and death of the Lamb of God are bestowed upon you, made yours, to send your enemies running away like cockroaches fleeing from the light!

Tomorrow in the Divine Service, the Word and gifts of Jesus will send your enemies fleeing. Your Lord fights for you and always wins. His gifts always triumph over your enemies. Life defeats death. Forgiveness overcomes sin. Jesus wins over all things. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle; Sing the ending of the fray. Now above the cross, the trophy, Sound the loud triumphant lay; Tell how Christ, the world's redeemer, As a victim won the day. (Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle, LSB 454:1)

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