A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series June 16, 2013 - Third Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel [Alternate], Luke 15:11-32 for the Third Sunday after Trinity, June 16, 2013.
It is from The Augsburg Confession, Article III.
In assuming our human nature, Jesus became THE Prodigal Son. He is the One Who once was dead because He became sin for us, though He had no sin of His own to confess; and is alive again because our Father delighted in His sacrifice and has welcomed Him home to celebrate an eternal feast with all who are baptized into Him and believe in His name.
1] Our churches teach that the Word, that is, the Son of God (John 1:14), assumed the human nature in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 2] So there are two natures--the divine and the human--inseparably joined in one person. There is one Christ, true God and true man, who was born of the Virgin Mary, truly suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried. 3] He did this to reconcile the Father to us, and be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of mankind. (John 1:29). 4] He also descended into hell, and truly rose again on the third day. Afterward, He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father There He forever reigns and has dominion over all creatures. 5] He sanctifies those who believe in Him, by sending the Holy Spirit into their hearts, to rule, comfort, and make them alive. He defends them against the devil and the power of sin. 6] The same Christ shall openly come again to judge the living and the dead, and so forth, according to the Apostles' Creed.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen