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Wednesday of Lent 5

April 7, 2006

Wednesday of Lent V                                         Trinity Lutheran Church
5 April 2006                                                          Murdock, NE

+ Jesu Juva +

The Passion of Our Lord Drawn From the Four Gospels:  Calvary (Lenten theme:  “I believe in Jesus Christ my Lord.”)

The Lord Jesus.  Brutally crucified.  Cruelly Mocked Viciously ridiculed.  Even His clothes gambled for. 

And what does He say?  “Just wait until after the Resurrection.  I’ll get you all back!”  No.

He silently suffers it.  Suffers it all.  And when He speaks it is incredibly offensive.  Absolutely scandalous.  He prays:  “Father, forgive them.”  Father, forgive them?  Yes.  “Father, forgiven them.” 

What a Lord!  He’s there on the Cross.  Not for Himself.  He’s not looking after Himself.  Not taking care of Himself.  He’s there as Servant.  The Suffering Servant.  He prays for His enemies.  The soldiers.  The criminals hanging next to Him.  The bystanders.  The chief priests, scribes, and elders.  He prays for you and me. 

“Father, forgive them.”  No retaliation.  No revenge.  No payback.  Forgiveness.  Only forgiveness.  For everyone.  Even for sinners like you and me.    

And then come more words from the Lord’s mouth:  “It is finished.”  Salvation accomplished by Jesus.  Salvation achieved by Jesus.  By His immense suffering.  By His being suspended on the Cross. 

Are you forgiven?  Are you?  Yes, you are.  But why?  Why are you forgiven?  Why doesn’t God count your sins against you?  Why doesn’t God send you to hell? 

Only because Jesus suffered and died for you.  That’s it.  That’s all.  Nothing can be added to Jesus’ suffering and dying for you.  His suffering.  His death.  That’s why you are forgiven.  That’s why you are saved.

With salvation and forgiveness accomplished, Jesus prays again:  “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” He trusts His Father with His death. Then He bowed His head and died.

Behold, the Lord Jesus dies.  And only in that death is there salvation.  Only in that dead Body is there forgiveness for you.  You can trust His death for you.   

No wonder the centurion said:  “Truly, this man was the Son of God.”  Indeed Jesus is.  For you and for your salvation.  For the forgiveness of all your sins.

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