What sets us free from sin, death, and the devil? The word of truth itself: You are forgiven.

BibleGateway: John 8:31-36

ESV Text: John 8:31-36

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 3:54 and ends at about 4:39

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.(KJV)

1. What is the Sacrament of the Altar?
It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,
given to us Christians under the bread and wine to eat and to drink,
as it was instituted by Christ Himself.
Where is this written?
The holy evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the apostle Paul
write this way: “Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which
He was betrayed, took bread; and, when He had given thanks,
He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying, ‘Take, eat.
This is My body, which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of Me.’
“In the same way He took the cup, after supper, gave thanks,
and gave it to them saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you.
This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you
for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of Me.’”

2. What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?
The words, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,”
show us that God gives forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation
through the Sacrament. For where there is forgiveness of sins,
there is also life and salvation.

The angel in midair reminds us of Martin Luther and every faithful witness who has proclaimed salvation in Christ.

BibleGateway: Revelation 14:6-7

ESV Text: Revelation 14:6-7

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:52 and ends at about 1:25

     6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 505:
O’er the Gloomy Hills of Darkness

— Organ Audio

1. O’er the gloomy hills of darkness, 
Cheered by no celestial ray, 
Sun of Righteousness, arising, 
Bring the bright, the glorious day. 
Let the morning 
Of Thy blessed Gospel dawn. 

2. Kingdoms wide that sit in darkness, 
Grant them, Lord, the glorious light; 
And from eastern coast to western 
May the morning chase the night 
And redemption, 
Freely purchased, win the day! 

3. Fly abroad, eternal Gospel; 
Win and conquer, never cease. 
May Thy lasting, wide dominions 
Multiply and still increase! 
May Thy scepter 
Sway th’enlightened world around!