#DailyDevotion John And Jesus Came So We Could Repent


#DailyDevotion John And Jesus Came So We Could Repent

Malachi 3:3-7
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.  Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts. “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.  From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.

 

The Lord Jesus when he came, and John the Baptist too, called the Jews to repentance. They were very harsh with the religious authorities for as the religious leaders go so do the people. And we see in the Gospel accounts many do flee the coming wrath of God to be baptized by John and then later by Jesus’ apostles.

 

And now Jesus still calls his people to purify their hearts with the good news so they, as royal priests, may offer up spiritual sacrifices to the Lord our God. His priests now are not called to offer up bulls and goats and other animal sacrifices, Jesus has fulfilled them with his own precious death on the cross, but rather 1Pe 2:9 “that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” And again, Heb 13:15-16 “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.  (16)  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

 

In Jesus’ first advent he did not come to judge but save, that is to say, he did not come to execute the final judgment, for it is obvious Jesus judges immoral behavior as such and calls all men to repentance. But at Jesus’ second advent he will indeed judge the nations beginning with the Church. How do you measure up? Have you been living immorally? Have you been merciful to those who needed mercy? Did you treat people fairly and impartially?

 

The Lord doesn’t change and that has two consequences. One is that his judgment against immorality doesn’t change. His standards are still the same. Secondly, he will have mercy on his people. Because of that the Israelites and the Jews were not totally consumed because of their rebellion against the Lord Jesus Christ. He has preserved a remnant for himself who would repent and believe him that he may be faithful to his servant Abraham.

 

And so it is now, the Lord Jesus Christ calls to his people, the Jews and the Israelites, and now even the Gentiles, to return to him as he is YHWH, their Lord. He offers all people a free and true salvation based on his sacrifice on the cross. The Holy Spirit through this gospel turns our hearts to Jesus and returns to us with mercy and grace.

 

O Holy Spirit, turn our hearts by the good news of Jesus Christ to our Lord that we may see how he as returned to us with grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The Lord’s Messenger And The Lord Have Come


#DailyDevotion The Lord’s Messenger And The Lord Have Come

Malachi 3:1, 2

“Behold, I send my messenger and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.  But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.

 

Malachi by the Spirit of the Lord is predicting the coming of John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord sends the Baptist ahead of him to prepare the way before the Lord. It is interesting that the Baptist prepares the way before ‘me.’ Who is ‘me’? Me is the YHWH. That is who is speaking here. He is preparing for YHWH to come. And then the Spirit switches to Lord, adonai, whom the Jews are seeking. But more of that in a minute.

 

The Lord predicts John the Baptist advent. The Baptist prepares God’s people by preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. He preaches to the people to be repentant of their lives. If they have been immoral they are to turn from that. If they have been stealing to quit stealing. If they been extorting people to be happy with their wages. Whatever the sinful lives they have been living John calls to be repentant of that life and enter a new life with God through baptism so they may have their sins forgiven.

 

And John proclaimed a coming messiah, a person who would be the Lamb of God who would take the sins of the world away. We know Jesus is that messiah John the Baptist pointed them and us to believe in. In the midst of John’s ministry Jesus suddenly appears on the scene in the temple. Jesus is the Lord the people have been seeking and he is the messenger of the covenant in whom the people delighted. Jesus is the Adonai (Lord they were seeking) and he is YHWH (The LORD) who is ‘me’ the one whose way is prepared by John.

 

The covenant they, the Jews, delight in is not the Mosaic covenant. That was a burdensome covenant that was to teach the Israelites to fear the Lord and to prepare his eventual coming in the flesh to take away their sins and not only their sins but the sin of the world. No, the covenant the Israelites, the Jews would delight in is the new covenant Jeremiah prophesied by the Spirit of the Lord. A covenant not like the old one in which they would know the Lord. In this covenant the Lord would take away their sins and remember them no more. He would put his law upon their hearts by giving them the Holy Spirit.

 

Who could stand the day of Jesus’ appearing? They could not, so they crucified him. Yet Jesus is risen from the dead so their sin would be forgiven. Jesus, YHWH, calls them and all people everywhere to repent and to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. To repent and be baptized is to die with Christ on the cross. Having died we are raised to newness of life in Jesus’ resurrection. Like a fuller’s soap we are cleansed by Jesus’ blood in baptism. We become his people and receive his Spirit.

 

Almighty God and Father, grant us faith to repent of our sins, be baptized into Christ Jesus’ death and rise to newness of life every day that we may walk in Jesus’ will and life with our every breath. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Let Jesus, The Lord Of Glory, Enter In


#DailyDevotion Let Jesus, The Lord Of Glory, Enter In

Verse

Alle- | luia.*     Alle- | luia.

Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O | ancient doors,*

that the King of glory may come in.  Alle- | luia. (Psalm 24:7)

 

Alleluia! It is a call to praise. Praise the Lord it calls to us. It is not just a shout but an invitation to tell all that the Lord has done for us. This first Sunday of Advent we are called to praise the Lord. Now it tells the gates and the doors of Zion to be lifted up. Why? So that the King fo gloy may come in. Ancient cities had doors and gates that prevented invaders from coming into the city to sack the cities. The call to be lifted up is not to the actual gates but to those who control the gates. Now this verse comes from Psalm 24. What follows this verse?

 

(Psa 24:8) “Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!” Indeed we might ask who is this King of glory. It is YHWH mighty in battle. Now indeed Jesus in today’s reading looks like a peaceful king coming humbly upon a donkey. And this is true. But he isn’t coming to wage war upon the city. No, he is coming to make his rule known. But he is a king mighty in battle. Jesus comes into Jerusalem before his mighty and fiercest battle. He is about to battle sin, death and the power of devil.

 

Jesus takes on this battle in the garden of Gethsemane as he prepares for what is to come. He fights the battle while being abused an accosted in Jewish Sanhedrin. Jesus fights the battle while he is in Pilate’s and Herod’s courts. On the cross he fights fiercely as sin, death and the devil take their toll on him and it seems as if they may have won. But on Easter morning, the first day of the week we see that Jesus was victorious. He didn’t fight them with the sword or other battle implements. He fought and won the battle by his innocent suffering and death and by the shedding of his blood.

 

(Psa 24:10) “Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!” YHWH is the King of Glory. Jesus is YHWH.  No one can say Jesus is YHWH except by the Holy Spirit.  Now Paul tells us, (1Co 2:8) “None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” And James also says, (Jas 2:1) “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.” Jesus is the Lord of hosts, the King of Glory. Jesus is the Lord to whom we hear the shout, “Lift up your heads O Gates and be lifted O doors!” Now it isn’t unto earthly city gates this is proclaimed to but to your hearts. Having heard the Lord Jesus Christ has conquered sin, death and devil on your behalf so that you may receive the forgiveness of sin, eternal life, the Kingdom of God and yes even the glory of God, the call is to open your hearts that the King of Glory, the Lord of Hosts may enter in and sit upon the throne of your hearts. Trust he has done this for you so you may be the temple and palace of your God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Let down your defenses and welcome him in.

 

Gracious God and Father, so soften our hearts and grant us faith that we may welcome our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts that he may live and reign there and then reigning there conform our will and our lives to his own. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion There Is No God Like Our Lord Jesus Christ


#DailyDevotion There Is No God Like Our Lord Jesus Christ

Introit (Psalm 89:6,14–16,18; Antiphon: Zech. 9:9b)

Behold, your king is com- | ing to you;* righteous and having salva- | tion is he.

For who in the skies can be compared | to the Lord?* Who among the heavenly beings is | like the Lord, Righteousness and justice are the foundation | of your throne;* steadfast love and faithfulness go be- | fore you. Blessed are the people who know the | festal shout,* who walk, O Lord, in the light | of your face, Who exult in your name | all the day* and in your righteousness are ex- | alted. For our shield belongs | to the Lord,* our king to the Holy One of | Israel.

 

Our introit starts with Zechariah’s prophecy of Jesus entering the temple. He is the king of glory who brings righteousness and salvation to all who would believe in him. As an Advent introit we are looking forward to the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns in glory to give us his righteousness and show us our salvation.

 

Perhaps we Christians in American still and should only think that the God of the Old and New Testaments, Jesus Christ, is the only God, paganism is rapidly becoming a belief system here. The true and living God has competition with pagan gods making a revival among us. And so this psalm is perhaps a good question to ask our new pagan neighbors. Who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? There is no other God who has claimed all creation, seen an unseen as our God. Most of the gods have creation and the things they are responsible for divvied up among them. The pagan gods didn’t even create the world, some are the world, most others just have some superhuman power. Seriously, none compare the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

There are no gods like the Lord Jesus Christ. Righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne. What gods have any sort of moral system they keep? All the pagan gods are morally corrupt. They do not keep their own standards among themselves. Which of them even judge mankind? Which of the gods dispenses justice like our God? If there any that judge not one of them has demonstrated the righteousness and justice of Jesus Christ, who knowing we would all be judged lacking the righteousness and holiness necessary to enter into eternal life becomes one of us and in our own flesh suffers the consequences for all our failings, mistakes, immorality, and sins. Which of the gods suffers and dies for humanity and creation and rises again never to die again—none save our Lord Jesus Christ. Sure, some may die and rise again but it is never for us. They are merely metaphors for the changing of the seasons at best. These would happen whether or not we even existed. But our God, our Lord Jesus Christ did this for you.

 

Therefore we are called to bless the Lord and give him thanks. We praise Jesus by telling each other and others what Jesus has done for us. We walk in the light of the Lord Jesus’ face by believing all that he has done for us. We exult Jesus’ name above all other names because all other names are a shame. The other gods are posers. Walking in the light of his truth, he exalts us with his righteousness, guards us with his shield, calls us his children and gives us an everlasting kingdom.

 

O Lord our Lord, what gods can compare themselves with you? We praise you and give you honor and glory for your great sacrifice on the cross for us. Grant us faith always to believe this and live lives according to your will that the Father will receive praise and honor on behalf of our works. In your name Jesus Christ do we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Let Us Bless The Lord And Praise His Name


#DailyDevotion Let Us Bless The Lord And Praise His Name

Luke 19:36-40

And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.  As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives— the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

 

Jesus rides into Jerusalem fulfilling the words of the prophet, Zec 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” His disciple spread their cloaks on the road as a sign of humility to him and reverence due a king.  But not only the twelve but multitudes of his disciples also meet him and “begin to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen.”

 

And what things had they seen? They had seen feeding the multitudes, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, lepers made whole, demons cast out and even raising the dead, even one dead four days. The prophet and king they had been expecting had come to Jerusalem. They were probably expecting Jesus to take the throne and Jesus would take a throne, just not the one they expected. But to get to the throne he desired, they would have to reject him, betray him, hand him over to the Romans and be crucified.

 

Yet on this day, the crowds fulfilled what Jesus has said earlier,  Luk 13:35 “Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Now the crowds in Jerusalem are giving the praise that is due Jesus. They recognize him as the King who comes in the name of the Lord and they bless him. Now Jesus truly is their King. He is their King because he is the rightful heir to the Davidic throne. He is the promised seed of David to whom the Lord had promised a throne that would last forever in 2 Samuel. But Jesus is their King in another way as well. Before the Israelites had been given a king by the Lord, the Lord, YHWH, was their King. Jesus is the Lord, YHWH, who is the true King of Israel. Jesus is also the promised seed of David.

 

Now as their King, the people proclaim, “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” As the angels sang at Jesus’ birth, Luk 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” And peace Jesus came to bring. Eph 2:14-16 “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility  (15)  by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,  (16)  and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” Through Jesus God is at peace with men and men with men. For Jesus reconciled us to God our maker with his blood and death.

 

Heavenly Father, grant us faith that we may join those who praise and honor your Son Jesus Christ as the promised King that we may be blessed in him and know his peace, now in time and then in eternity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus, The King, Receives Trusting Obedience


#DailyDevotion Jesus, The King, Receives Trusting Obedience

Luke 19:28–35

And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’“ So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them.  And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”  And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.

 

This passage always tends to put me in a quandary. It’s probably not a serious one. It gets me thinking is it a miracle there was a donkey and a guy there who let the disciples take the donkey or is this something Jesus has planned ahead. Does it make a difference? It probably does to some people but I have decided it doesn’t to me. The text doesn’t say.

 

Now I don’t know a lot about colts and donkeys, I am familiar with horses, but if there is a miracle here it is that a cold, the foal of a donkey on which no one has ever sat would be likely to try to buck off any riders at first. It doesn’t seem from the rest of the text that this was a problem. The beast knew his creator and submitted willfully to Jesus.

 

What I believe we can take from this text is submission to the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, Jesus in terms of willful, trusting obedience. The disciples went and did as Jesus told them to do. They did not question Jesus. The owners’ of the beasts did not question or haggle with the disciples when they were told the Lord had need of it. The unbroken colt allows Jesus to mount it without a fuss. Jesus then takes prominence in their lives. His disciples even put their cloaks on the donkey so he could ride it.

 

What in your life is Jesus asking you to trust him on? As you read and hear the Scriptures, is there something you recognize you have not given him prominence in your life? He wants you to trust him. Jesus as shown in the Scriptures he can be trusted and that he loves you. Trust Jesus and love him back. You will ultimately be the better for it.

 

Heavenly Father, grant us willing spirits that we may trust the commands of your Son Jesus Christ do all he says with cheerful and trusting hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Paul’s Prayer For You


#DailyDevotion Paul’s Prayer For You

1 Thessalonians 3:9–13

For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

 

Now Paul had spent nearly only a month in Thessalonica before the unbelieving Jews there drove him from their town by the hands of the pagan citizens there. He spent three Sabbath in the synagogue trying to convince them Jesus was the Christ. At least one member of the Church there continued with Paul on his journey, helping him and no doubt learning more. A congregation of believing Jews was started there but a month of instruction is not a lot. But they were Jews who had been instructed in the Law so they could work a lot out on their own guided by the Holy Spirit.

But Paul wanted to go back to supply what was lacking in their faith. Faith in this sense would be the details of Christ’s life perhaps, or more so how Jesus had fulfilled the Law, or maybe what they should be doing now as Christians. But is it most likely to have them add more knowledge and understanding to what he had already taught them. Indeed, what Christian of 50 or 60 years doesn’t still learn more from the scriptures by those trained in them and even those trained in the scriptures by those who have been in the faith longer than them?

 

Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians reveals God’s will for you as well. What does Paul pray for? That you would increase and abound in love for one another and for all. Who could not be more less selfish? Who couldn’t be more sacrificial towards our fellow Christians? Who couldn’t be more sacrificial towards all people? And in the acts of love toward fellow Christians and others not have their hearts warmed towards them as well?

 

With the Lord Jesus Christ increasing love in us toward others he also established our hearts blameless and holy before God our Father. This is Christ’s work in us throughout our life. As Paul notes in 2 Corinthians we are being renewed daily as the old man waste away daily. If you try to quantify it you will probably end up in despair. It is better to focus on the fact it is Jesus who establishes your hearts blameless holy as Jude also says, Jud 1:24 “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory …” This good news is what conforms your hearts and minds to God’s will for you.

 

Heavenly Father, grant us your Holy Spirit, that we may learn more concerning the faith, that our love towards others may increase and that your Son Jesus may present us before your throne with pure and blameless hearts on the day of his revelation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus Is Our Righteousness


#DailyDevotion Jesus Is Our Righteousness

Jeremiah 33:14–16

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.  In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

 

Behold the days have come! The Lord has fulfilled his promise to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. The Lord is a God who makes promises and fulfills those promises. What promise is made? That he would send a messiah from the house of David. A righteous branch has sprung up for David. The Lord himself, righteous and true has united himself with the house of David. He has joined himself with David’s seed and taken on human flesh. The Lord has tabernacle himself and made himself a temple in the flesh of David.

 

In David’s flesh, the seed of David, the Lord, YHWH himself, has come down to execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his first advent Jesus who is this branch, the seed of David executed justice and righteousness in the land in the most peculiar way. Instead of banging heads and taking names he becomes the one whose head is banged and name is taken. He is brought to grief and shame for the sins of the people. Indeed he becomes the atoning sacrifice for the sin of the world.

 

Upon the tree of the cross the Branch receives in his flesh the due penalty for all our sins. The curse laid upon the people because of their sins is laid upon him. The death that is ours, the wages of our sins, Jesus pays with his life. The wrath of God is propitiated by the death of Jesus on the cross. Justice and righteousness has been executed in the land. Jesus becomes for us the Lord, YHWH, our righteousness. Through faith in Jesus’ work on the cross we receive his righteousness as our own. God credits our faith in Jesus as our righteousness.

 

Now Jesus is coming again a second time. When Jesus returns he is knocking heads and taking names. He will send his holy angels to go forth and root out all those who do evil and wickedness, namely those who refused to believe Jesus is their righteousness. If you don’t believe Jesus is your righteousness then you must answer for yourself concerning all the things to did, said and thought. The righteousness and justice the world wants will be accomplished in themselves. They will not be happy. But with all the wickedness and evil judged and removed from the earth, God’s people will dwell securely never to be assaulted by the evil and wickedness of others or their own for they will be made pure and holy. New and clean hearts will only dwell in his world and kingdom. It will bear the name of the one who saved and delivered them, “The Lord our righteousness.”

 

Heavenly Father, you have sent your righteous branch to have justice executed upon himself that he might become our righteousness. Grant us faith in Jesus by your Holy Spirit that his righteousness may be our own that on the day of second advent we may dwell in his kingdom securely. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion It Is Through The Church On Earth God Brings People To His Church In Glory


#DailyDevotion It Is Through The Church On Earth God Brings People To His Church In Glory

Read Rev 21:9–27
Rev 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb… (22) And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. (23) And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (24) By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, (25) and its gates will never be shut by day–and there will be no night there. (26) They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. (27) But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

In the creeds we confess we believe in one catholic and apostolic Church. The church is apostolic because its foundations are the teaching of the apostles. Jesus never wrote anything down. But He gave His apostles the Holy Spirit who reminded them of all things He had taught and they taught the Church. These apostles and their representatives wrote down all that the Spirit of God had given them for the Church to know and believe. So in Acts it is written, Act 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Now in the new creation, on the new earth, God the Father Almighty and the Jesus the Lamb of God will directly communicate with each of us. No longer will we need anyone to teach us. Even as now God dwells in each believer’s heart we shall see then that we also dwell in God. Paul says, 1Co 13:12 “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” On that day John tells us, 1Jn 3:2 “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”

Now who is it that will part of that city, which is the Church but those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life? If you are not connected with Christ’s body the Church in this life, you most certainly will not be connected with it in the world to come. For those connected to the Church are found in Church. Peter says, 1Pe 1:1-2 “To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (2) according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood” these sprinkled are those baptized. And Paul says, 1Co 1:2 “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…” It is God’s choosing who is written the Book. You cannot earn it. It is by grace, a free gift of God. He collects those who are His through the Church and calls them out, separates them from the world through baptism. In this Church, Jesus gives us the things we need to persevere in the faith until his second coming. He teaches us is Word through his pastors. He gives us is body and blood for the strengthening of our faith. In as much as it is in you, join yourselves with the saints of God.

Lord Jesus Christ, ever grant us your Word that we may be called out from the world through the message of the apostolic Church and find ourselves written in your Book of Life. Amen.