Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 40:17-38; Luke 8:40-56

Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. (Psalm 66:8, from the Introit for Easter 4)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. That's what you'll see tomorrow! The Lord is awesome in what He's done for all people. He's amazing in how He deals with them. He's an awesome God who keeps your soul among the living and does not allow your feet to be moved.

It's not that God is just awesome because of who He is--it's also because of what He does and how He does it. What's really awesome about God is that even though He is holy and just and perfect, He deals with us according to His mercy, even though we don't deserve it one bit.

He loves those who hate Him. He comes to those who reject Him. He forgives those who sin against Him. He gives life to those who kill Him. He comes back to life for those who die and deserve to stay dead.

That's what the Lord does for all men. For this all creation praises Him, for this the angels bow down before Him, and for this we, too, join angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven in singing, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the Highest."

But He doesn't stop there. He delivers it, too! He doesn't just expect the lost and broken to find Him. So He continues His works that all may come, see, and receive them. His mercy and grace are that He delivers this in all the corners of the earth, within His Church, His sheepfold.

As His sheep, you receive it. You hear His voice and receive what He delivers. He delivers His mercy, love, and forgiveness in His Word and in His Body and Blood.

That's what tomorrow is all about. Tomorrow you'll see it. You'll see God's work. You'll do more than that! You'll receive it. You'll receive His death, His resurrection, and the new life He gives to all His sheep. In His Body and Blood of His Supper He does it. How awesome is that! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Here stands the font before our eyes, Telling how God has received us; Th'altar recalls Christ's sacrifice And what His Supper here gives us. Here sound the Scriptures that proclaim Christ yesterday, today, the same, And evermore, our Redeemer. (Built on the Rock, LSB 645:4)

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