Saturday of the Ninth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 2 Samuel 11:1-27; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you. (Psalm 55:22 from the Introit for Trinity 10)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Let it out. Let it go. Unload. Take your sins, everything you've done this week that has made your conscience troubled, all your thoughts and words and deeds of which you are ashamed. Take it all and fling it on Jesus. Throw it at Him. Cover Him with it. That's why He came--to take your burden of sin from you.

Casting your burden on the Lord is what worship is really about when you go to church tomorrow. Well, that's your part. So many churches make it seem as if you have to be happy and joyful when you go to church. But we come with so many burdens. Things we regret. Words. Actions. Thoughts. We are sinful through and through.

But the Divine Service is where we hear exactly that Jesus is our burden bearer. All those sins that trouble you? They're His now. Let Him have them. Let Him deal with them. Let them be His for He hung upon the cross for them, to blot them out. Let them be His for He rose from the dead to leave those sins buried in the tomb.

And He will sustain you, keep you going, and lift you up. How? By the remembrance of your Baptism. By the Absolution. By the Word you hear. By the meal of His Body and Blood. By His Word and gifts the Lord will sustain you and protect you from your sins. By those holy gifts He removes those burdens from you and sets you free.

All your sins are the Lord's. His grace and peace and mercy are yours in Jesus Christ. When you sing these words in the Introit tomorrow, remember what they mean: your Savior is your burden-bearer and the One who sustains you your whole life long. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

I lay my sins on Jesus, The spotless Lamb of God; He bears them all and frees us From the accursed load. I bring my guilt to Jesus To wash my crimson stains Clean in His blood most precious Till not a spot remains. (I Lay My Sins on Jesus, LSB 606:1)

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