March 3, 2019

March 4, 2019


Quinquagesima + Luke 18:31-34

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us sinners.

Do not punish us for what we have done and what we have not done.

We have not kept the Ten Commandments as You have required.

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

Do not hurt or harm us. Be patient with us. It is in Jesus whom we trust.

We pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

With these words we pray that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or punish us for them. We pray that He would show us mercy.

We pray that He would not deny our prayer because of sins against Him and our neighbor.

We do not fear, love and trust in God above all things and we do not love our neighbor as we love ourself.

We confess that we are poor miserable sinners, deserving temporal death and eternal punishment.

We are heartily sorry for the sins we have committed and sincerely turn away from them.

We beg God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost to show us mercy.

We know that we are not worthy of the things we have prayed for, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that God our Father would give them all to us because He loves us.

We are confident in this, because He has told us that as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death He is with us.

God has created us, He has died for us, He has made us holy and keeps us in faith toward Him.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

We pray that He would show us mercy and not punishment, even though we deserve to be punished.

We pray that He would show us grace, loving us, even though we don’t deserve to be loved.

Jesus grew up like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground.

Jesus is the True Vine and we are the True branches, apart from Him there is no life in us.

We have been grafted into Jesus through Holy Baptism, we abide in Him and He abides in us; we will bear much fruit, for without Him we can do nothing.

Because of Jesus, we will produce a harvest 100 fold.

Jesus had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. But He is the one who saves us.

The Son of God came down from heaven, becoming flesh and dwelling among us.

He was born in a stable, and laid to rest in a manger.

He is flesh and blood like each one of us, yet He is without sin; perfect in every way.

Jesus was despised and rejected by men. He was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.

Just as they did with David, a lowly shepherd boy, who was anointed by God as king of Israel. Like David, men hid their faces from Jesus. He was despised by them, and they did not look upon Him favorably.

Judas Iscariot sold Jesus to His enemies for thirty pieces of silver.

Peter denied Him three times before the rooster crowed.

Pontius Pilate sentenced Him to death, on a cross, dieing between two criminals.

Those whom He came to same shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Away with Him!”

People mocked Him and spit on Him.

Soldiers stripped Him of His clothes and whipped Him and beat Him and scourged Him. They made a crown of thorns and placed it upon His head.

Jesus has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the judgment and punishment that brought us peace.

By his wounds we are healed. He was laid to rest in a tomb.

Jesus’ bitter suffering and death has purchased and won us from sin death and the power of hell.

We like sheep have gone astray; we have turned away; and the Lord has laid on Himself the separation from God and the punishment we deserve because of our sin.

Our Good Shepherd was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth.

Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, He not open His mouth.

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Jesus is the Lamb of God who has mercy upon us.

Jesus is the Lamb of God who gives us peace.

By oppression and judgment, He was taken away, He was cut off, removed from the land of the living. He was stricken for the sins of all people.

The Shepherd is killed and the sheep of the flock are scattered.

The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

He will make His sheep to lie down in green pastures, beside still waters.

By His suffering at the hands of His enemies, Jesus guards and keeps us, so that the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature do not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice.

Although we are attacked by all evil, we know that because of what Jesus has done, we will finally overcome all the attacks and assaults of the devil and win the victory.

Life and salvation are ours.

Jesus spoke the words on the cross, “It is finished.” It is indeed, finished.

We have won the victory. The forgiveness of sins and the life of the world to come is ours.

The devil, the world and our own sinful flesh have no power over us.

Jesus has delivered us from every evil. We have nothing we must do.

His grave was with the wicked, although He did nothing wrong. There was no lying or deceiving in his mouth. He did not speak against His Father nor His people.

He poured out His soul to death, even death on a cross, and was numbered with the transgressors. He bore the sin of many, and offered prayers for those who sinned against Him.

Jesus said, “Father forgive them they do not know what they are doing.”

Jesus hungered and thirst for righteousness. He was filled. His cup overflowed.

Jesus gave up His Spirit and died. All that the Father required of Him and us was accomplished.

By His innocent, bitter suffering and death, we have been made His own.

The goodness and mercy of God is ours all the days of our life and we will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Jesus has shown mercy to the blind man sitting along the side of the road. The blind man begs  for mercy and Jesus gives it. Jesus gave the blind man his sight, because he saw clearly that Jesus is the God of mercy, and the people who were there respond with praise to God.

God has shown us mercy in the waters of Holy Baptism, creating a clean heart in us and renewing a right spirit within us, we respond with thanks and praise. We beg for mercy and He gives it to us. Because we taste and see, in the Lord’s Supper, that God is good toward us, slow to anger toward us, abounding in steadfast love toward us, we respond by showing mercy to our neighbor.

The goodness and mercy of God are with us, to Him alone be all glory and honor.

Truly we see Jesus, He comes to save us. Amen.