The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. — Psalm 34:22
So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—” — John 6:41, 43-45 [ESV]
These words greatly offended the Jews. It annoyed them to think that this Man should have the power to save, to bestow eternal life, and alos to deliver us from death, sin, and all evil. After all, He did not give that appearance. . . . But I have told you that whoever would remain a Christian and be saved must not follow his eyes or judge by appearances, confer with, reason, or employ his other senses in this matter; he must hear solely what is preached to him and must turn his ear to the lips of this Man. Whoever fails to do this, but surrenders and forsakes God’s Word, is lost.
Christ swears an oath attesting to this: “. . . If you can obtain this bread and permit Me to feed you, that is, if you believe in Me, then you are healthy. Then sin, death, and hell cannot harm you, and you are rid of all your enemies.” [The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther, pastor, theologian, reformer 1483-1546]
DAILY PRAYER for MONDAY
O Lord, merciful and holy Bridegroom; we grieve the fall of Your Church. It is our fault that we beauty of Your Bride is no longer recognized. Therefore we pray You: give and increase in us faith, love, and hope in You; root out of us all sins and vice, all strife, all disbelief, all error and heresy; rebuke the erring, convert the unbelievers, bring the rebellious again to the unity of the Christian Church and show them the light of Your truth. Protect our shepherd from all danger of body and soul. Bless all pastors and those who administer in the Church in the building of Your congregation; grant them success in all things. Equip Your whole Church with the power and proof of the holy faith. Stand by You witness among the nations and further the course of Your Gospel in all the world.
Fill all government with the fear of You and let their ruling serve to foster and preserve peace. Have mercy on our people and country. Let the youth be brought up in discipline and in a right knowledge of You, so that they may recognize Your law and the way of Your salvation. Give constancy and loyalty to all pious teachers.
Comfort all the troubled and sorrowful. Impart health of body and soul to the sick. Grant to all pregnant women, according to Your mercy, a happy result in their childbearing. To the needy give bodily and spiritually according to Your good pleasure. Let those who travel be commended to the protection of Your holy angels. And be a strong help to all who need You. For the sake of Your holy wounds, O Jesus. Amen.