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Devotions from Steadfast Lutherans
4 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
The Resurrection of our Lord - Easter Sunday
Mark 16:1-8 “And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:6–7) Don’t be alarmed. Those words show up often in the Gospels. Here, at the sight of the empty tomb, the words are repeated. The disciples of Jesus are not to be afraid. Jesus was crucified for them. Jesus has risen for them as well. The angel says “just as He told you”. The Words and Promises of God happens just as He says. This is outstanding news for us – think of all the Words you have read this Lent during these devotions. They are happening for you just as He said. Fears? You don’t need to fear. Christ has been crucified. Christ has risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia. You are baptized into all of this. You have no need to fear the world around you – the situations that are ongoing in this valley of sorrow. Our Lord has washed you clean and made you His own. He has earned the forgiveness of sins. That means death, the wages of sin – what sin earns – it is gone as far from you as your sins are. Sin, which brings the devils evil mastery is gone, and with it the devils tyranny over you. And since you have no sins left and death has no claim on you and the devil can’t rule you – you have eternal salvation. The risen Lord Jesus is proof of this. He who took on the sins of the world lives. Death could not have Him. The devil could not rule Him. Eternal life is His as He comes out Easter morn to show Himself to the disciples and prepare His Church for her task of bringing this news to the world. Your baptism puts you right there. No more sin. No more death. No more devil. No more damnation. Your sins are forgiven. Your death is used to bring you eternal life. Your master loves you so much He did this all for you. Your eternal salvation is safe and secure by the Word and promise of the risen Lord, into whom you are baptized. Lord Jesus Christ, You have baptized us to be your own. Help us out of all fears and to trust what You have told us in Your Word. Amen.
3 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
On this day, Jesus kept the Sabbath rest and extended His time in the tomb to fulfill His words that He would rise on the third day. It was necessary that Jesus remain in the grave on Saturday. But if baptism has joined us to Jesus’ death and resurrection, what does this day mean for us in terms of our baptism?
3 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
So forget how powerful your sinful flesh can seem at times and take Jesus at His Word. His Word says that baptism joined you to His death. Your sinful nature is dying. Jesus cannot lie. And finally Jesus will bring the sinful flesh to its end, and you will live before Him in righteousness and purity forever.
3 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
This Thursday is called “Maundy Thursday.” The word “maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “command.” Jesus gives us a new command on this night: love one another.
3 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
The devil teaches heretics to scoff, “It’s just a handful of water. What’s that going to do?” But the devil cowers before that handful of water, because he knows that handful of water is Jesus’ handful of water. The devil can imitate and mock baptism all he wants, but he can’t come close to it and, in the end, must flee before it.
3 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
And so, if we’re tempted and prevail, we give thanks to Jesus for baptizing us and giving us the Holy Spirit. If we’re tempted and fail, we give thanks to Jesus for baptizing us and covering our sin with His righteousness. Therefore, at all times we thank Jesus for the glorious gift of baptism.
3 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Dear Jesus, give us joy in the gift of baptism and bring to completion the good work You have begun in us. Amen.
3 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
“The garments of salvation” and “the robe of righteousness” are Jesus Himself. “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27). Jesus treads on our garments because He brings a better one: Himself, with whom we were clothed when we were baptized.
4 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
Saturday, Lent 5
The Pharisees washed couches. The Greek says, they baptized couches. They obviously didn’t dunk the couches in the Jordan River...
3 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Friday, Lent 5
Here the Lord shows us His two words He speaks to mankind: His Law and His Gospel. The Law is God’s eternal will for mankind, and it shows us our sin. The Gospel is God’s gracious promise to save us through His Son. Here God reveals His will for man, and He shows us through simple arithmetic what He desires for us.
3 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Thursday, Lent 5
Jesus is Immanuel, God with us!
3 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Wednesday, Lent 5
Lord Jesus Christ, bless the children of your Church.
3 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Tuesday, Lent 5
The promises of Baptism are for children!
3 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Monday, Lent 5
Read Colossians 2 to understand the link between circumcision and baptism.
3 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Before Abraham was, I AM.
3 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
Saturday, Lent 4
John's baptism was a "prepare the way" baptism.
3 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Friday, Lent 4
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
3 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Thursday, Lent 4
Put on the new self, forgiving one another.
3 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Wednesday, Lent 4
What does it mean to take up your cross and follow Jesus?
3 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Tuesday, Lent 4
Daily we repent of our sins, daily we believe in Jesus Christ crucified for our forgiveness, and daily we walk in newness of life, presenting our members to God as instruments for righteousness, until that day when the Old Adam finally perishes, and we are perfectly and eternally renewed.
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