April 2nd, 2018

Easter Monday


Collect (LSB)

O God, in the paschal feast You restore all creation. Continue to send Your heavenly gifts upon Your people that they may walk in perfect freedom and receive eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Sprit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Exodus 15:1-18


The Song of Moses

 1 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying:
      “I will sing to the LORD,
      For He has triumphed gloriously!
      The horse and its rider
      He has thrown into the sea!

 2 The LORD is my strength and song,
      And He has become my salvation;
      He is my God, and I will praise Him;
      My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

 3 The LORD is a man of war;
      The LORD is His name.

 4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
      His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.

 5 The depths have covered them;
      They sank to the bottom like a stone.

 6 “Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power;
      Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces.

 7 And in the greatness of Your excellence
      You have overthrown those who rose against You;
      You sent forth Your wrath;
      It consumed them like stubble.

 8 And with the blast of Your nostrils
      The waters were gathered together;
      The floods stood upright like a heap;
      The depths congealed in the heart of the sea.

 9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue,
      I will overtake,
      I will divide the spoil;
      My desire shall be satisfied on them.
      I will draw my sword,
      My hand shall destroy them.’

 10 You blew with Your wind,
      The sea covered them;
      They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

 11 “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods?
      Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
      Fearful in praises, doing wonders?

 12 You stretched out Your right hand;
      The earth swallowed them.

 13 You in Your mercy have led forth
      The people whom You have redeemed;
      You have guided them in Your strength
      To Your holy habitation.

 14 “The people will hear and be afraid;
      Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia.

 15 Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed;
      The mighty men of Moab,
      Trembling will take hold of them;
      All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.

 16 Fear and dread will fall on them;
      By the greatness of Your arm
      They will be as still as a stone,
      Till Your people pass over, O LORD,
      Till the people pass over
      Whom You have purchased.

 17 You will bring them in and plant them
      In the mountain of Your inheritance,
      In the place, O LORD, which You have made
      For Your own dwelling,
      The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.

 18 “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”



Epistle: Acts 10:34-41


Preaching to Cornelius’ Household

    34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— 37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they[a] killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.

Footnotes:Acts 10:39 NU-Text and M-Text add also.


Gospel: Luke 24:13-35


The Road to Emmaus

    13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. 17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”[b] 18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Disciples’ Eyes Opened

    28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. 30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Footnotes:Luke 24:13 Literally sixty stadia Luke 24:17 NU-Text reads as you walk? And they stood still, looking sad.


First Reading: Ex. 15:1-18


The Song of Moses
 1 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying:
      “I will sing to the LORD,
      For He has triumphed gloriously!
      The horse and its rider
      He has thrown into the sea!

 2 The LORD is my strength and song,
      And He has become my salvation;
      He is my God, and I will praise Him;
      My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

 3 The LORD is a man of war;
      The LORD is His name.

 4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
      His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.

 5 The depths have covered them;
      They sank to the bottom like a stone.

 6 “Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power;
      Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces.

 7 And in the greatness of Your excellence
      You have overthrown those who rose against You;
      You sent forth Your wrath;
      It consumed them like stubble.

 8 And with the blast of Your nostrils
      The waters were gathered together;
      The floods stood upright like a heap;
      The depths congealed in the heart of the sea.

 9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue,
      I will overtake,
      I will divide the spoil;
      My desire shall be satisfied on them.
      I will draw my sword,
      My hand shall destroy them.’

 10 You blew with Your wind,
      The sea covered them;
      They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

 11 “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods?
      Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
      Fearful in praises, doing wonders?

 12 You stretched out Your right hand;
      The earth swallowed them.

 13 You in Your mercy have led forth
      The people whom You have redeemed;
      You have guided them in Your strength
      To Your holy habitation.

 14 “The people will hear and be afraid;
      Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia.

 15 Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed;
      The mighty men of Moab,
      Trembling will take hold of them;
      All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.

 16 Fear and dread will fall on them;
      By the greatness of Your arm
      They will be as still as a stone,
      Till Your people pass over, O LORD,
      Till the people pass over
      Whom You have purchased.

 17 You will bring them in and plant them
      In the mountain of Your inheritance,
      In the place, O LORD, which You have made
      For Your own dwelling,
      The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.

 18 “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”



Second Reading: Heb. 9:1-28


The Earthly Sanctuary
 1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; 3 and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, 4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; 5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
Limitations of the Earthly Service
    6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. 7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; 8 the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— 10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.
The Heavenly Sanctuary
    11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come,[a] with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
The Mediator’s Death Necessary
    16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”[b] 21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
Greatness of Christ’s Sacrifice
    23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Footnotes:Hebrews 9:11 NU-Text reads that have come. Hebrews 9:20 Exodus 24:8


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