Wednesday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 6:1-19; 1 Corinthians 9:1-23

But deliver us from evil. What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven. (Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer, Seventh Petition)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There is nothing we don't ask for in the Lord's Prayer. In it, Jesus teaches us that our heavenly Father knows and will give us everything we need. Praying teaches us to trust our heavenly Father for those good things.

Someday, perhaps soon, perhaps in many years, you will die. That's the cold reality of life in this fallen world. Perhaps you're already familiar with death because a friend or family member has died. You know how painful it can be to see death claim a loved one. And even if you don't dwell on death every day, it's there, stalking all of us.

So, knowing that death is real and is an enemy, we pray in the final petition of the Lord's prayer that the Lord would preserve us even through death unto eternal life. And how does He answer this petition?

Well first of all, Jesus comes to disarm death and rob it of its power. By taking away our sins--which are the reason death is in the world, and then rising from the dead--Jesus turns death from being the end of the road for us into a blessed nap in which we sleep and rest until He comes again to raise us from the dead.

Then, in Baptism, Jesus makes His death and resurrection yours so that you can be certain you have the victory over death that He won for you. By preaching and teaching His Word to you, Jesus delivers over and over that promise that He is your Savior from sin and death. With His Body and Blood, Jesus promises that He will raise you up on the Last Day. The Holy Spirit works through all these gifts to give us a faith in Jesus which trusts that, even when we die, God will indeed still be with us and will take us to Himself in everlasting life. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Death, you cannot end my gladness: I am baptized into Christ! When I die, I leave all sadness To inherit paradise! Though I lie in dust and ashes Faith's assurance brightly flashes: Baptism has the strength divine To make life immortal mine. (God's Own Child, I Gladly Say It, LSB 594:4)

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