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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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April 2, 2015 - Holy Thursday

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Exodus 24:3-11 for the Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015.

It is from Solid Declaration, Article VII, pages 569-570.

The justice of God requires the death of a sinner, but the mercy of God allows for the life and blood of a substitute to be made to redeem the sinner.

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


Consider this true, almighty Lord, our Creator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, after the Last Supper is just beginning His bitter suffering and death for our sins. In those sad last moments, with great consideration and solemnity, He institutes this most venerable Sacrament. It was to be used until the end of the world with great reverence and ‹humility›. It was to be an abiding memorial of His bitter suffering and death and all His benefits. It was a sealing ‹and confirmation› of the New Testament, a consolation of all distressed hearts, and a firm bond of unity for Christians with Christ, their Head, and with one another. In ordaining and instituting the Holy Supper He spoke these words about the bread, which He blessed and gave: "Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you," and about the cup, or wine: "This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins."

We are certainly duty-bound not to interpret and explain these words in a different way. For these are the words of the eternal, true, and almighty Son of God, our Lord, Creator, and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. With simple faith and due obedience we receive the words as they read, in their proper and plain sense. We do not allow ourselves to be diverted ‹from Christ's express words› by any objections or human contradictions spun from human reason, however appealing they may appear to reason. (paragraphs 44-45)

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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