Peace through his Blood

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, November 24
24th Sunday after Pentecost + Reign of Christ Sunday

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Jeremiah’s promise of the execution of “justice and righteousness in the land” finds ironic fulfillment in the execution of Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. It appears so utterly contradictory that the king should be crucified with the criminal. This victory appears for all the world as ignominious defeat. Yet through the gate of death our Lord opens the door to paradise.

Readings and Psalm
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Coming of the shepherd and righteous Branch who will execute justice
Psalm 46
I will be exalted among the nations. (Ps. 46:10)
Colossians 1:11-20
Hymn to Christ, firstborn of all creation; peace through his blood
Luke 23:33-43
Jesus is crucified between two thieves: you will be with me in Paradise