Old TestamentJeremiah 17:5–8
Epistle (1 Corinthians 15:1–11) 12–20
Gospel Luke 6:17-26
“Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven” (Lk 6:23). Jesus is the firstborn from the dead, for He has conquered death by His resurrection and now sits at the right of the Father for us, as our brother. In faith we feast at the Lord’s table and look to the never ending feast in heaven. In faith we repent of our sins now and look to the joy of eternal life. Blessed are you. How do you know? You can tell you’re blessed because Christ died for you. You can tell you’re blessed and that the blessing and gift of salvation is yours because you’ve been baptized. You can tell you’re blessed and your sins are forgiven because you’re given the body and blood of Christ to eat and drink.
So blessed are you who believe in Him, who confess that “Jesus is Lord.” Blessed are you who strengthen and increase in the good works that he has begun. Blessed are you who preserve to the end, abiding in God’s Word, praying diligently, and faithfully using the gifts you have received. Blessed are you in the name of the Lord.