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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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April 1, 2012 - Sunday of the Passion

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mark 15:1-47 for the Sunday of the Passion, April 1, 2012.

It is from Large Catechism, Part III, page 414.

In the passion of our Lord the evil heart of mankind in manifested against Jesus by their deliberate rejection of our divine King. In contrast we come to Him in prayer seeking His mercy, guidance and strength to bring Him glory on earth through our conduct and confession.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


Thy kingdom come. In the First Petition we prayed about God's honor and name. We prayed that He would prevent the world from adorning its lies and wickedness with God's name, but that He would cause His name to be valued as great and holy both in doctrine and life, so that He may be praised and magnified in us. Here we pray that His kingdom also may come. But just as God's name is holy in itself, and we still pray that it be holy among us, so also His kingdom comes of itself, without our prayer. Yet we still pray that it may come to us, that is, triumph among us and with us, so that we may be a part of those people among whom His name is hallowed and His kingdom prospers.

"But what is God's kingdom?" Answer, "Nothing other than what we learned in the Creed: God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, into the world to redeem and deliver us from the devil's power. He sent Him to bring us to Himself and to govern us as a King of righteousness, life, and salvation against sin, death, and an evil conscience. For this reason He has also given His Holy Spirit, who is to bring these things home to us by His holy Word and to illumine and strengthen us in the faith by His power." We pray here that this may happen with us. We pray that His name may be so praised through God's holy Word and a Christian life that it may gain approval and acceptance among other people. (paragraphs 49-52)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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