A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series March 16, 2008 - Sunday of the Passion
Standard LSB A Readings: First: Is. 50:4-9a Epistle: Phil. 2:5-11 Gospel: Matt. 26:1-27:66 or Matt. 27:11-66 or John 12:20-43 Psalm: Ps. 118:19-29 or Ps. 31:9-16
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Old Testament reading, Isaiah 50:5-10 for the Sunday of the Passion, March 16, 2008.
It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article III, paragraphs 9, 11-12, 14-15, page 538.
Those who say that Jesus' death was a tragic, unexpected mistake are uninformed. Even the prophets foretold that the Lord's servant would suffer and be killed. Isaiah makes it clear that His servant knew he must suffer and die and that he would carry out his Father's plan with resolute determination . The servant said, "I have set my face like flint" (v.7) See Luke 22:42.
A poor sinful person is justified before God, that is, absolved and declared free and exempt from all his sins and from the sentence of well-deserved condemnation.because of the sole merit, complete obedience, bitter suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord Christ alone. His obedience is credited to us for righteousness.
We trust that for the sake of His obedience alone we have the forgiveness of sins by grace, are regarded as godly and righteous by God the Father, and are eternally saved. Paul says, "by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous" (Romans 5:19) and "so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men" (Romans 5:18). The righteousness that is credited to faith or to the believer out of pure grace is Christ's obedience, suffering, and resurrection, since He has made satisfaction for us to the Law and paid for our sins. He didn't have to suffer and die for His own sake. For this reason, then, His obedience (not only in His suffering and dying, but also because He was voluntarily made under the Law in our place and fulfilled the Law by this obedience) is credited to us for righteousness. So, because of this complete obedience, which He rendered to His heavenly Father for us by doing and suffering and in living and dying, God forgives our sins. He regards us as godly and righteous... (paragraphs 9,11-12,14-15)
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