#DailyDevotion Jesus Is The One We Cry Out To To Save Us

#DailyDevotion Jesus Is The One We Cry Out To To Save Us

John 12:12–19 12The next day the large crowd that had come to the festival and heard, “Jesus is coming to Jerusalem,” 13took branches from the palm trees and went out to meet Him, shouting: “Our Savior! Blessed is He Who is coming in the Lord’s name, the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15“Don’t be afraid, daughter of Zion! Look! Your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt!” 16At the time His disciples didn’t know what it meant, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that these things had been written about Him and were done to Him.

The next day from what? Jesus had dinner at Lazurus’ house, whom he had raised from the dead. The text doesn’t say how close in time it was from when Jesus raised Lazarus to when he had dinner but the probability is that it was close in time. Many Jews came to believe in Jesus having heard Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, having been dead for four days.

The large crowd who had heard about it, who were in Jerusalem for the Passover, hearing Jesus was coming into Jerusalem went out to meet him with palm branches. It’s just what you do when you think your king is coming to you. They believed Jesus was their Messiah, the promised seed of David.

These crowds start shouting, “Our Savior! Blessed is He Who is coming in the Lord’s name, the King of Israel!” This is from Psalm 118. From this Psalm we also have these much quoted verses about Jesus, 22“The Stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone. 23The LORD has done this, and we think it is wonderful.” Appropriately for Jesus entering into Jerusalem the Psalm also says, 19“Open the gates of righteousness for me; I will go into them and thank the LORD. 20This is the LORD’s gate — the righteous go into it. As the week progressed and particularly on the eve of Maunday Thursday and Good Friday, Jesus would need to remember these words from the Psalm, 5“In my trouble I called on the LORD. The LORD answered me and set me free. 6The LORD is for me, I’m not afraid. What can man do to me? 7The LORD is for me; He helps me. I will gloat over those who hate me. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust men. 9It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust the best of men.”

Now this was to fulfill what the prophet Zechariah foretold, 15“Don’t be afraid, daughter of Zion! Look! Your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt!” The LORD probably foretold this to his people in remembrance of Solomon coming into Jerusalem, in first Kings chapter one, on David’s mule to be crowned king by King David his father. Now the real King of Peace is entering Jerusalem to make peace between God and men and men and men through his perfect sacrifice upon the cross awaiting him as the week comes to a close. Jesus is Israel’s king by right of birth, being the seed of David. He is also Israel’s eternal King, their LORD and their God who delivered them from the Egyptians and brought them into the Promised Land. Now he comes to deliver them and us from sin, death and the power of the devil and to bring us all into his eternal kingdom.

Merciful God and Father, you brought your Son, our LORD Jesus Christ into the world to be our sacrifice for sin and to bring us peace. Grant us such faith in him that we hail him as our king and look only to him for our salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion At The Name of Jesus Every Knee Shall Bow

#DailyDevotion At The Name of Jesus Every Knee Shall Bow

Philippians 2:9-11 9That is why God also exalted Him up on high and gave Him the name above every other name 10that at the name of JESUS everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth should kneel, lland everyone should confess, “JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!” and so glorify God the Father.

It is written someplace, “Whoever humbles himself, God will exalt.” There is simply no one who has humbled themselves more than Jesus Christ who being God took on the form a slave, a servant and offered himself as sacrifice for sin for all people of every place in every age. Jesus said in the Gospels, “If you want to be great in the kingdom of God you must become the servant of all.”

Having done this, God the Father has exalted Jesus on high and gave him the name above every other name. Yes at the name of JESUS everyone in heaven and on the earth and under the earth should kneel before him. The LORD said in Isaiah 45, 21“Speak and present your case. Yes, consult together. Who announced this in the distant past and predicted it long ago? Wasn’t it I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me. The righteous God Who can save —there is no one besides Me. 22Turn to Me to be saved, all you most distant parts of the world, because I am God, and there is no other. 23I swear by Myself; what I say is right and can’t be changed: ‘Every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will swear allegiance.’”

It is only God who can save. It is Jesus that saves. Jesus is the righteous God Isaiah prophecies here. Jesus is the LORD the righteous God who calls the world to turn to him and be saved. Paul is invoking Isaiah here in Philippians when he says, “should kneel, lland everyone should confess, ‘JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!’” Jesus Christ is the LORD speaking in Isaiah. He is the LORD in all the places in the Old Testament you see the word LORD written with all capital letters. It is he who formed Adam from the dust and breathed the breath of life into him. It is Jesus who spoke to Noah and shut him in the ark. It was Jesus who spoke to Abraham, cut a covenant with him and who become himself the seed of Abraham through whom the whole world is blessed. It is Jesus who sent Moses to Egypt and led the Israelites from there with an outstretched arm and brought them to the Promised Land. It is Jesus who defeated Israel’s enemies. It is Jesus who put his name in the Temple providing grace and mercy to all who came to worship there. Jesus is the LORD who spoke through the prophets calling the Israelites to repentance. It is Jesus who brought them into exile and returned them to the land when they sinned and when he pardoned them.

Now the LORD who is Jesus Christ bared his arms on the cross defeating sin, death and the power of the death. It is Jesus who is the LORD who led the captives from the grave to Paradise in his resurrection. It is Jesus who prepares the Promised Land, the New Heavens and New Earth for all who put their trust in him. It is Jesus who will return to us from the right hand of God in glory who will raise our lowly bodies into his glorious body and lead us into his kingdom on the Last Day. And on that day, indeed, every knee shall bow, believer and unbeliever, angel and devil and confess Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of the Father.

Heavenly Father, grant us faith and give us your Holy Spirit so we may now in faith bow our knees before Jesus and confess him as the LORD who has saved us and delivered us by his humiliation and be exalted with him at his revelation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Think As Christ Jesus Thought Today

#DailyDevotion Think As Christ Jesus Thought Today

Philippians 2:5–11

5Think just as Christ Jesus thought: 6Although He was God, He did not consider His being equal with God as a prize to be displayed, 7but He emptied Himself, made Himself a slave, became like other human beings, 8and was seen to have the ways of a man. He became obedient and humbled Himself until He died, yes, died on a cross.

Think as Christ Jesus thought. That is a mouthful. What does it mean? Can we lowly humans even begin to make a start of it? Well if we could actually think of ourselves as lowly humans we have made a good start of it. Chances are we’ve been built up so much by self-esteem programs it may be more difficult than it sounds.

Well how did Christ Jesus think? Here we see his glorious humiliation described which we often refer to in the creeds starting with his conception and ending in his burial. Jesus, although he was God—yes first we need to grasp that Jesus Christ is God from all eternity, always having been exalted on high, Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD God of Sabaoth! This LORD did not consider his being equal with God  as a prize to be displayed. He did not grasp or strain to take hold of what is his naturally and by right.

What did Jesus do? Here is a wonderful spot to ask this question. He emptied himself, made himself a slave and become like other human beings. Yes, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, God humbled himself to become like us in every way excepting sin. He had to nurse at his mother’s breast, a helpless babe. He had to ask questions, grow in wisdom and learn like us. He was obedient to his parents to the authorities who ruled over the places where he lived. He was seen to have the ways of a man because he was and still is a man.

Jesus became obedient and humbled himself until he died, even died upon a cross in shame. This Jesus did in obedience to God his Father’s will and this he did to save you. He only thought of you and what was best for you in his humiliation. He knew if he served you like this then salvation would be won for you. In service to you he became the atoning sacrifice for your sin and propitiated the wrath of God having taken it into himself. He took your shame, your guilt, your iniquities, your sin, your rebellion, your punishment and your death upon himself and felt ever single bit of it in service to you.

So how do you think as Christ Jesus thought? You think how can I do good to those around me, even my enemies. What sacrifices can I make to make other people’s lives better? It’s not an easy thing to do at times. It may feel like you’re dying and being crucified. You may feel humbled because well, you have humbled yourself to think of others more than you think of yourself. That is what Paul is asking you to do, to treat others as Jesus has treated you.

Heavenly Father, we do thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to humble himself to become like us and in our flesh to make peace between you and us. Grant us faith and the Holy Spirit that we may think as he thought and humble ourselves to love others as Christ Jesus loved us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus Gives Us Reason For Rejoicing

#DailyDevotion Jesus Gives Us Reason For Rejoicing

Zechariah 9:9–12 9Be very happy, people of Zion! Shout aloud, people of Jerusalem. You see, your King will come to you, He is righteous and victorious, poor, and riding on a donkey, on a young burro, the colt of a donkey. 10He will get rid of the chariots in Ephraim and the war horses in Jerusalem; He will also get rid of the bow used in battle. He will talk peace to the nations, and He will rule from sea to sea and from the Euphrates river to the end of the world. 11As for you also, because you have a covenant made with blood, I’ll send your captives out of the waterless pit. 12They will return to the fortified city as captives who have hope. Even now I’m telling you I’ll restore to you twice as much for all you’ve gone through.

These familiar words of Zech. 9:9 for Palm Sunday are not only found here but elsewhere in Scripture as well. The people here are called to rejoice, “Be very happy, people of Zion!” The reason for rejoicing are also similar elsewhere, even in Zechariah. Here it is because her king has come to them, “righteous and victorious.” In chapter 2 the LORD tells us, 10“Sing out and rejoice, people of Zion, because I will come and live among you,” says the LORD. 11“On that day many nations will join the LORD and become My people. I will live among you; you will know the LORD of armies sent Me to you. 12And the LORD will take Judah as His own in the holy land, and He will again choose Jerusalem.”

Zephaniah proclaims, 314“Sing happily, daughter of Zion! Shout, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem. 15The LORD will cancel your punishment. He will drive out your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is among you.” This also tells us of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem for he is the King of Israel and the LORD who is among them. He comes to Jerusalem to cancel her punishment and to drive out her enemies by his death and resurrection.

The prophet Isaiah tells us 12:5“Sing to the LORD — He has done wonderful things. The whole world should know about it. 6Call out loud and shout, you who live on Zion. Great is the Holy One of Israel, Who is among you.” Again he says, 40: 9“Get up on a high mountain, Zion, to tell the good news! Call with a loud voice, Jerusalem, to tell the good news! Raise your voice without fear, tell the cities of Judah: “Here is your God!” 10See the Lord GOD coming as a Mighty One to rule with His strong arm.” 52:9“Break into loud singing together, ruins of Jerusalem! The LORD comforts His people; He redeems Jerusalem.” Isaiah says in 62:10“Go through, go through the gates; prepare a way for the people. Heap up and build a highway. Clear away the stones. Raise a flag for the people. 11The LORD announces to the most distant part of the world: Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Look, your salvation is coming. See, His reward is with Him, and what He has earned goes ahead of Him.’” As Jesus enters Jerusalem for Holy Week, the Holy One is among them. Their God is there in Jesus with his strong arm to be bared on the cross. He redeems them as he is the raised flag on the cross earning their reward, their salvation.

And so here in Zechariah Jesus speaks peace to the nations and makes a covenant with blood to take out those in the waterless pit of Hades, Sheol, the grave and raises them to newness of life now and everlasting salvation when he returns again in glory. On that day he will end all wars and get rid of all instruments of battle. Cause for rejoicing as he has spoken it, it is as good as done.

Heavenly Father, may we indeed rejoice and be very happy in the work of your Son Jesus Christ for our salvation, now and forevermore. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion The Kingdom Of God Is Different Than The Kingdom Of This World

#DailyDevotion The Kingdom Of God Is Different Than The Kingdom Of This World

Mark 10:42-45 42Then Jesus called them and told them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the nations are lords over them, and their great men are tyrants over them. 43But among you it’s different. Anyone who wants to become great among you will have to serve you, 44and anyone who wants to be first among you will have to be everyone’s slave. 45Why, even the Son of Man didn’t come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many people.”

James and John had asked Jesus to sit at his right hand and his left when he came into his glory. The disciples were angry with them for asking this, I think because they didn’t think of it first. Jesus now is having to correct their way of thinking. They were thinking in terms of the world’s kingdoms. Who doesn’t want everyone having to serve them hand and foot? Who doesn’t want to be the boss of the show? Well that’s not how things are in the kingdom of God.

The way of the kingdom of God is service. It is to serve people and looking to see their interest are met. It is not about seeing how well others can serve you and to meet your needs. Jesus tells them to be great in his kingdom they have to be everyone’s slave and to serve their fellows. No being a tyrant here and lording things over people. Believe it or not, this is the way God really is with people.

People often think of God as some ogre with a big stick just ordering people around to entertain him. Yet this is not the way God is at all. True, he does want us to live a certain way, but that way is the way he created us for and works best for us. Instead, the God of Israel, our God is one who serves us. He protects us. He provides for us. He gives us strength. He heals us. He guides us.

While we certainly are created to serve God, worship him, praise and give thanksgiving to him, that is not our ultimate purpose for him. Those things are only right and proper because of what God does for us. Our ultimate purpose is to be object of his love. God wants to show his love to mankind. And now, since the Fall of man that is demonstrated to us in Christ Jesus.

Jesus tells the disciples, “Why, even the Son of Man didn’t come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many people.” John writes in his first epistle, 4:10 “This is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins.” As Jesus said in last week’s gospel lesson from the Gospel of John, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…” We see here how God first serves us. This is the way it is on Sunday morning as well. We do not go to church so much to serve God but to be served by God. It is only then we give him our thanks and praise.

So yes, Jesus did come to serve us, to be our ransom from sin and death. He came to be the propitiation for our sins as he sheds his blood for us. Jesus came to serve us, just as he always had before his incarnation. Even now he serves us by interceding for us at the right hand of the Father. If God so loves us in this manner, it is right for us then to return the service back to God. We do this in a twofold manner. First, we trust his Son Jesus Christ and his great work for us. Secondly, we love other people as God has loved us with service, whether they deserve it or not. Most of the time they probably don’t. But you didn’t deserved the service the Son has give to you either. This is not a burdensome thing unless of course you don’t believe God has served you in Christ Jesus. Yes, things are different in the Kingdom of God than the world. But the world is screwed up, so why would you want to continue in its pattern?

Heavenly Father, your kingdom is a kingdom of service and love for the other. Grant us faith in Christ that we may receive your service to us in love and faith and return that service to you and our fellow man. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Are You Ready To Participate In The Glory Of Jesus?

#DailyDevotion Are You Ready To Participate In The Glory Of Jesus?

Mark 10:35-41 35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him. “Teacher,” they said to Him, “we want you to do for us what we ask.” 36“What do you want Me to do for You?” He asked them. 37“Let one of us sit at Your right,” they told Him, “and the other at Your left in Your glory.” 38“You don’t know what you’re asking,” Jesus answered them. “Can you drink the cup I’m drinking or be baptized with the baptism with which I’m being baptized?” 39“We can,” they told Him. “You’ll drink the cup I’m drinking,” Jesus told them, “and be baptized with the baptism with which I’m being baptized. 40But sitting at My right or left is something I can give only to those for whom it is prepared.” 41When the other ten heard about it, they became angry with James and John.

#DailyDevotion Jesus Predicts His Passion & Victory

#DailyDevotion Jesus Predicts His Passion & Victory

Mark 10:32-34 32As they were on their way up to Jerusalem, Jesus walked ahead of them. They were amazed, and the others who were following Him were afraid. So once again He took the twelve with Him and told them what was going to happen to Him: 33“Look, we’re going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the ruling priests and the Bible scholars, who will condemn Him to die and hand Him over to the Gentiles . 34They’ll mock Him and spit on Him, whip Him and kill Him. But on the third day He will rise.”

Why were some amazed and others afraid as they were going up to Jerusalem? Because they knew the Jewish leadership in Jerusalem wanted to kill Jesus, but there he was walking up in front of them all. They were not wrong in their thinking.

Jesus then thinks he needs to prepare them for what is to happen. I believe he is also demonstrating his prophetic role as the Prophet. So he took them aside once again. He has told them several times what is going to happen, particularly since he came down the mount of transfiguration.

Jesus tells them and also us what is necessary for our salvation. He tells them what is to take place to deliver us from our sinful condition and have us enter into the kingdom of God. Our salvation is not a pretty gold or silver cross. Jesus will be betrayed. Yes, his friend and disciple Judas will betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. He is going to be betrayed into the hand of the ruling priest and scribes, the religious leadership of the Jews. These very people who should be recognizing who he is, their messiah and kind, will drum up charges against Jesus, mock and abuse him. They will condemn him to die because of their jealousy of him.

These people who should be worshipping him instead will hand him over to the pagan Gentiles, to the Romans. Jesus will only get even worse treatment from them. They are going to mock him, spit on him, whip him and crucify him. This is what Jesus must go through in order to save you, to be the atoning sacrifice for the sin of the world. Such treatment you and I deserve for our sin. All of this is described particularly in Isaiah chapter fifty-three so our guilt may be taken away, so our wounds can be healed. Our griefs and sorrows he carries and makes peace between us and God the Father. In bearing our iniquity he becomes and offering for guilt at the hands of his enemies.

Yet there is the word of hope. On the third day Jesus will rise again. Indeed Jesus does rise from the dead on the third day. The same chapter from Isaiah tells us he will prolong his days and see his offspring and receive his portion. Jesus rises to never die again. We who are given faith in him are his offspring. He reigns over the kingdom of God and creation and through faith in him we are made one with him in his kingdom. This is his great gift to us for whom he suffered, died and rose again.

Heavenly Father, it was your plan in Christ Jesus to make him suffer, die and rise again so we may be restored back in fellowship with you. Grant us your Holy Spirit that we may believe Jesus’ words and works and be made partakers with him in your eternal kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus’ Humility Wins For Us Eternal Salvation

#DailyDevotion Jesus’ Humility Wins For Us Eternal Salvation

Hebrews 5:7-10  7In His humble life on earth Jesus came to Him Who could save Him from death and prayed and pleaded, crying loud with tears, and because He feared God, He was heard. 8Although Jesus is the Son, He learned from what He suffered what it means to obey. 9And when He was finished, He became One Who gives everlasting salvation to all who obey Him, 10being proclaimed by God a high priest like Melchizedek.

This passage here deals mostly with what Jesus humiliation means. In the creeds it refers to his conception, life, death and burial. Jesus demonstrated to us what true humility is and gave us his example to follow. His humility saved us from our sins. Paul writes of our LORD’s humility thus, 6“Although He was God, He did not consider His being equal with God as a prize to be displayed, 7but He emptied Himself, made Himself a slave, became like other human beings, 8and was seen to have the ways of a man. He became obedient and humbled Himself until He died, yes, died on a cross.” Jesus humbled himself before the Father. He came to his Father, prayed and pleaded, crying loud with tears to be saved from what he was to be experience. We hear this in the Gospel, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me. But let it not be as I want it but as You want it.” (Matt. 26:39)

Even though Jesus is the Son, the Father did not let this cup pass from Jesus. Jesus, as man, learned from his suffering what it meant to obey. He would be betrayed, handed over to men, be falsely accused, be beaten, shamed and die on the cross an excruciating death. He obeyed, that is he trusted his Father, that he knew what he was doing. The Father heard Jesus’ prayer and although he did not deliver Jesus from suffering this fate, he delivered Jesus from the grave, raising Jesus from the grave and exalting him to his right hand.

Having completed his humiliation he experienced his exaltation. In the creeds this is from his descent into hell to coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead. Seated at the right hand of the Father, Jesus gives salvation to everyone to obeys him, that is trust in him. Like our LORD Jesus Christ, we too will learn from suffering what it means to obey. The Father will lay down crosses upon us in our lives. We may, like our LORD Jesus Christ suffer even unto death. But trusting in our LORD’s promise of eternal life, if we remain faithful unto him unto death, we too will be exalted like Jesus in his resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father, even being placed on our Father’s throne.

Jesus our high priest, like Melchizedek who brought out bread and wine to Abraham, refreshes us with his body and blood in the Sacrament. He blesses us and gives us our enemies into our hands. Yet, like Jesus, we are called to be humble in this time. Paul writes in Phil. 1, 3“Don’t be selfish or proud, but humbly treat others as better than yourselves. 4Each of you, don’t be interested in your own things, rather in the things of others.  5Think just as Christ Jesus thought.” His humility was not for himself but for our salvation. Our humility is also not for ourselves but for our fellow man, so they too may know the love of God.

Heavenly Father, even as your humbled your son Jesus Christ our LORD you exalted him to your right hand from which he gives us salvation. Grant us faith in him so as we are humbled in this life we may be faithful to him so we too may be exalted him in to your praise and glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus Is Greater Than Melchizedek

#DailyDevotion Jesus Is Greater Than Melchizedek

Hebrews 5:1–10 Any high priest selected from men is appointed to represent them before God and to bring gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He can be gentle with ignorant and erring people because he too is troubled with weakness 3and for that reason must bring sacrifices for sins for himself just as he does for the people. 4No one takes the honor of this office, but God calls a man as He called Aaron. 5So Christ didn’t take the glory of being a high priest, but it was given to Him by Him Who said: You are My Son, today I have begotten You. 6And so He said in another place: “You are like Melchizedek, a priest forever.”

A theme of the book of Hebrews is Jesus is better than, particularly in the first chapters of the book. He is better than the prophets. He is better than the angels. He is better than Moses. Jesus is better than the Levitical priesthood. This brings us to our present reading. Jesus is better than the high priest.

The high priest, Hebrews notes, is appointed to represent the people of God, to bring gifts and offer sacrifices for their sins. Since he is one of them he can gentle with the people in and with their weaknesses because he too has similar weaknesses and must offer sacrifices for his own sins before offering up sacrifices for the sins of the people he is ministering to. Indeed, pastors today also are not perfect. They need baptism. They need absolution. They need to hear the Word of God. Pastors need the Lord’s Supper and people to pray for them. The can commiserate with their people in their problems because he too has similar problems and needs the same help they need from God’s Word and Sacraments.

No man could take up the mantle of high priest but God called the man according to lot from tribe of Levi and from the clans of Aaron. No man can take up the mantle of being a pastor. He must be called by God through the congregation he is called to serve. In similar fashion, Christ Jesus did not take the glory of being a high priest, indeed the High Priest. It was given to him by his Father who spoke the words, “’You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’ 6And so He said in another place: ‘You are like Melchizedek, a priest forever.’”

Melchizedek is something of a shadowy figure from Genesis fourteen. In Jewish literature in Jesus’ day he was something of a marvel and I’m fairly certain there was lot about him speculated in that literature. We can see from Hebrews probably some of that such as, “He is without father, mother, or line of ancestors. His life has no beginning or end. Like God’s Son he continues a priest forever.”(Heb. 7:3) He was the king and priest of Salem (i.e Peace, later Jerusalem) who worshipped the God Most High. Jesus is the King of Peace. He blessed Abraham and Abraham received his blessing. It is thought that David assumed this role when he because king of Jerusalem as he offered up sacrifices. Jesus though is greater than David and greater than Melchizedek. For having no sin himself to make sacrifice for, he offered himself as a sacrifice for the sin of the world and won salvation for all people. He overcame the grave and ascended to the right hand of God where he makes continual intercession for us and for our salvation so that in him we overcome sin, death and the grave and are raised to everlasting life with him.

Heavenly Father, may the intercessions of our Lord Jesus Christ continually be in your ear so we may not fall from the faith but be preserved in it until the day our Lord Jesus Christ is revealed in glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.