Thursday of the Seventh Week after Easter

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 16:41-17:13; Luke 20:1-18

And throwing Him outside of the vineyard, they killed Him. (Luke 20:15)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus came to His people, and He was rejected. He came to the vineyard that He Himself planted. He brought it out of Egypt, gave it His Word, and planted it. It grew and blossomed, but those He called to care for it didn't care for Him. They only cared for the vineyard so they could get what they wanted. They were selfish. So they cast Him out and killed Him.

That's what human selfishness does. It rejects God, and kills Him. For our selfishness, too, Jesus was crucified and killed.

But He rose! He wouldn't stay dead, and out of His love and mercy He saves us. He's selfless in His doing and giving. He does it all, gives it all, even His own life. His life for yours. He gives all His benefits to you, too. His life, His righteousness, His perfection, His selflessness is given to you. It's now yours: in and through the Baptism, the Absolution, and His Body and Blood.

You blossom and grow because of Jesus. He's planted you into Himself. It's really the Spirit's work, too. He enlivens you in Jesus. So, you're alive. Just like Jesus. Yes, selfless Jesus was killed by the selfish, but still He's selfless in His continual giving to you. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Here might I stay and sing, No story so divine! Never was love, dear King, Never was grief like Thine. This is my Friend, In whose sweet praise I all my days Could gladly spend! (My Song Is Love Unknown, LSB 430:7)

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