Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: January 20, 2019

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism — Part III

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Praying the Psalms: Psalm 16—The Messiah’s Prayer for Strength—All the psalms are prayed through faith in Jesus Christ and His victory for us.  Psalm 16 is no exception.  The words of this psalm belong in the mouth of Jesus.  Peter makes this clear in his Pentecost sermon.  This psalm was Jesus’ prayer as He faced the horror of the cross and death: “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust…You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You!”  For Jesus’ sake, this becomes our prayer as well.  Even in the agony of His death upon the cross, Jesus confessed confidence in His Father who would raise Him from the dead and not allow Him to see corruption: “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at My right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore My heart is glad, and My glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave My soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”  Because of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice upon the cross which the Father accepted, Jesus’ body did not undergo decay and it was impossible for death to hold Him.  The Father raised His faithful Son from the dead and for Jesus’ sake the Father will raise us to life immortal.  This is our hope and confidence in Christ: “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” CP190120