April 29, 2013 - Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today's Reading: Isaiah 12:1-6

Daily Lectionary: Leviticus 21:1-24; Luke 12:1-12

And in that day you will say: "O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. (Isaiah 12:1)

Alleluia! Christ is risen! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus' words. They have to be. What? The Lord angry with Jesus? The Father mad at the Son? Yep. Didn't you see it on Calvary? He cried out to His Father and there was nothing but dead silence from heaven while they laughed at him from the foot of the cross.

Because of Jesus, the Lord can't be angry at you. He just can't. All of His wrath and anger and judgment—all of it!--was poured out on Jesus at the cross. There's none left for you.

This is why the Lord doesn't condemn you but baptizes you and calls you His own dear child. It's why instead of declaring you guilty and passing sentence, He declares you absolved and forgiven. It's why instead of letting you starve in your ingratitude, He feeds you with the body and blood of Jesus. In those gifts, you have all the proof in the world that God is not angry with you. At all. Ever.

When Jesus left death behind on Easter, we see these words again. Indeed, the Father let Him have it on the cross. But when He rose to life, Christ was showing that the punishment and curse had passed. He had endured them. Defeated them. Conquered them. And now His victory is your victory.

Now, your sins, whatever they are, have been answered for. And there is nothing to do but live in the knowledge that Christ has taken them away. And just as the Lord can't get angry at you, so He teaches you not to be angry at the sins of others, for those have been dealt with just like yours. So freedom and goodness in Christ — for His sake, nothing but comfort from the Lord. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

He lives to silence all my fears; He lives to wipe away my tears; He lives to calm my troubled heart; He lives all blessings to impart. (I Know that My Redeemer Lives, LSB 461:5)

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