A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series April 8, 2012 - Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mark 16:1-8 for the Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord, April 8, 2012.
It is from Formula of Concord: Epitome, IX. The Descent of Christ to Hell.
Prior to speaking to Mary Magdalene and revealing His identity as the One who had been crucified, dead, and laid in the tomb, Jesus descended into hell in His resurrected flesh to show Himself victorious over sin, death, and the devil himself.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD FORMULA OF CONCORD: SOLID DECLARATION, IX. THE DESCENT OF CHRIST TO HELL
Even in the Ancient Christian teachers of the Church, as well as among some of our teachers, different explanations of the article about Christ's descent to hell are found. Therefore, we abide in the simplicity of our Christian faith. Dr. Luther has pointed us to this in a sermon about Christ's descent to hell, which he delivered in the castle at Torgau in the year 1533. In the Creed we confess, "I believe … in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who … was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell." In this Confession Christ's burial and descent to hell are distinguished as different articles. 2 We simply believe that the entire person (God and man) descended into hell after the burial, conquered the devil, destroyed hell's power, and took from the devil all his might. 3 We should not, however, trouble ourselves with high and difficult thoughts about how this happened. With our reason and our five senses this article can be understood as little as the preceding one about how Christ is placed at the right hand of God's almighty power and majesty. We are simply to believe it and cling to the Word. So we hold to the substance and consolation that neither hell nor the devil can take captive or injure us and all who believe in Christ.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen