From Pastor Perry

Galatians 1:1–5 (ESV)

Greeting

Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

This is the greeting for this letter and it addresses the churches of Galatia.  Paul usually has to state his apostleship because he came in after the death, resurrection, and the ascension.  People doubted his credintials, but he was picked by Jesus when Paul (Saul) was on the road to Damascas.  The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Paul’s greeting anticipates the Letter’s central argument. According to His Father’s will, Christ has graciously given Himself for our sins and delivered us from this present evil age; therefore, works of the Law are not necessary for salvation. Teachings that compromise this core truth rob God of His due glory and rob us of true peace, for God brings true peace to our hearts through the forgiveness of sins.”

 

 

I pray:  Heavenly Father, by the power of Your Son’s resurrection, set our hearts free and forever at rest. Amen.

 

 

Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2002.

Matthew 28:16–20 (ESV)

The Great Commission

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

This is called the Great Commission, not the Great Suggestion.  We are to take the Gospel out into the world, to tell them about Jesus and what He has done for them.  This is not my words, but the words of Jesus.  We live in a world that rejects baptism and Jesus’s teachings.  The Great Commission is important and this is how Matthew closes his Gospel.

 

I pray: O Lord, the world is rejecting you and your sacraments.  I pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of those who here the Gospel.  Amen.

Matthew 28:11–15 (ESV)

The Report of the Guard

11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

 

Yikes!  He is risen… time for the cover-up!  The chief priest were informed by the guards and now they are paying off the guards to tell a different story.  Well… fake news is fake news!  Couldn’t resist myself… sorry.  Let’s not forget that Luke was a physician and he would have known if Jesus was really dead.  I have read several papers written by cardiologist that point out that Jesus was dead.  They base it on the fact that when the spear pierced him, water and blood came out.  They named the condition for this, but I don’t remember.  Anyway… Jesus really did die and he really did rise again.

 

I pray: O Lord, you are the Messiah and your plan for salvation has been carried out.  You have opened the gates of heaven to those who believe.  Thank you, Amen.

Matthew 28:1–10 (ESV)

The Resurrection

28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

 

Continuing from yesterday’s readings, the disciples did not have a clue that Jesus was going to rise from the dead.  Jesus even told them 3 times that this was going to happen, but they did not get it.  In today’s readings, their world is being rocked by the realization that Jesus is alive… risen from the dead.  The poor guards at the tomb… they probably feared for their lives.  The angels words to the women were: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”  We too need to trust Jesus and not be afraid.

 

I pray: “O Lord, I know I have fallen short and repent of my sins.  I want to do better.  Forgive me and restore me into your kingdom.  I thank you for all that you did for me on the cross.  Amen.”

Matthew 27:62–66 (ESV)

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

 

Here is something to ponder.  Isn’t it interesting that the chief priests and the {arises remembered that Jesus had said that in three days I will rise?  Why couldn’t Jesus followers remember this?  So they set up a guard over the tomb.  The disciples are still clueless, even though Jesus has told them three times.  The Lutheran Study Bible states: “The chief priests and their allies secure Jesus’ tomb to prevent a faked resurrection. Their act, done out of unbelief, will ironically give them compelling evidence for the resurrection. Christ permits this to happen so His disciples could be confident that His resurrection was no hoax, but fact.

 

 

I pray:  Living Lord, You triumphed over all Your enemies. Be with us always and deliver us. Amen.

 

 

Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1649.

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