A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series April 6, 2008 - Third Sunday of Easter
Standard LSB A Readings: First: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Epistle: 1 Peter 1:17-25 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Psalm: Ps. 116:1-14
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel Luke 24:13-35 for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 6, 2008.
It is from Formula of Concord, Epitome, Article VIII, paragraphs 13-16, pages 492-493.
The death and resurrection did not alter the person of Christ. He was and remains truth man and true God. After His resurrection He manifested the human nature by appearing in human form and eating with the disciples in Emmaus. He manifested His divine nature by vanishing in an instant from these same disciples.
It was not a mere man who suffered, died, was buried, descended to hell, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and was raised to God's majesty and almighty power for us. But it was a man whose human nature has such a profound, union with God's Son that it is one person with Him.
God's Son truly suffered for us. However, He did so according to the attributes of the human nature, which He received into the unity of His divine person and made His own. He did this so that He might be able to suffer and be our High Priest for our reconciliation with God, as it is written, They "crucified the Lord of glory" [1 Cor. 2:8].
The Son of Man really is exalted according to His human nature to the right hand of God's almighty majesty and power. He was received into God when He was conceived of the Holy Spirit in His mothers' womb, and His human nature was personally united with the Son of the Highest.
Christ always had this majesty according to the personal union. Yet He abstained from using it in the state of His humiliation, and because of this He truly increased in all wisdom and favor with God and men. He did not always use this majesty, but only when it pleased Him. Then, after His resurrection, He laid aside the form of a servant, but not the human nature, and was established in the full use, manifestation, and declaration of the divine majesty. (paragraphs 13-16)
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