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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunrise

Easter Sunrise (A)
March 23, 2008
Text: Exodus 14:10-15:1/ Psalm 118:22-24

He is risen! He is risen, indeed!! Alleluia!!!

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:22-24; ESV). This is the day that the Lord has made, for Christ is risen, and His resurrection has ushered in the new day of our justification. Our God has given us the victory over sin, death, and the devil through Jesus Christ, His Son. Sin has been buried in Jesus’ tomb. The bonds of death have been burst. The devil is bound. Hell must hunger, never to be satisfied. Because in Jesus’ resurrection, the whole world is absolved of sin. In Jesus’ resurrection, your sins are forgiven, and hell has no claim on you.

“I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously” (Ex. 15:1). So sang Moses and the people of Israel when the Lord had delivered them from the hand of the Egyptians by leading them through the Red Sea on dry ground. And your new and greater Moses, Jesus Christ, has come to deliver you from the Egypt of sin and death. The Red Sea event was a type, a foreshadowing, of your own deliverance by the strong arm of the Lord. The Lord has triumphed gloriously for you as well. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made, the day of our deliverance. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

For the Lord also delivers you through a flood. He also leads you through the waters. He leads you through the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word. As God drowned hard-hearted Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea, so He drowned your sin in Baptism. As God led His people Israel through the water on dry ground, so He leads you on the path of new life in our risen Lord Jesus Christ, and on the last day, He will raise you physically from the dead. St. Paul says of the events recorded in our text, “I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Cor. 10:1-2). The Israelites were baptized into Moses, and so delivered from their enemies. But you have been baptized into Christ, the prophet like unto Moses who is greater than Moses. “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). The Lord has triumphed gloriously. He triumphed over the Egyptians as the Israelites passed through the Red Sea on dry ground. He triumphed over sin, death, and the devil when our Lord Jesus burst forth from the grave on Easter morning. And He has given His triumph to you through His Word and Sacraments. The Lord’s victory is your victory in Baptism. St. Peter writes, “Baptism… now saves you” (1 Peter 3:21).

The Israelites did not trust that the Lord would deliver them when they came to the Red Sea and saw the Egyptian armies in hot pursuit. Their solution? Surrender! Go back to Egypt! Go back to slavery! “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?” (Ex. 14:11). It is unbelievable to us that the Israelites would lose their faith in God’s deliverance after seeing all the miracles that took place in Egypt, the ten plagues, including and especially the Passover. It is unbelievable to us that the Israelites would desire to go back to slavery in Egypt after seeing how the Lord’s hand had guided them thus far. It is unbelievable to us that the Israelites would rather go back into captivity than press on toward the Promised Land God had given them. But dear brothers and sisters, don’t we do the same thing every time we return to our sin? Don’t we do the same thing every time we allow our sinful flesh to poke its head back up from those baptismal waters and have its way with us? Don’t we also wax nostalgic about our old Adam as if slavery to sin is better than the Promised Land Christ today offers us freely?

Repent. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Do not submit yourselves again to the yoke of slavery. Do not surrender when sin pursues you. Do not suppose that the battle is hopeless. Do not give up because it is too hard for you. The Lord gives you the victory. “The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Ex. 14:14). It is all His doing. “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:3-4). Dream not of the fleshpots of Egypt. Dream rather of the vines and fig trees of the Kingdom of God. For they are yours in your risen Lord Jesus. Christ is risen, and sin has been destroyed. Christ is risen, and death is dead. Christ is risen, and the head of the serpent has been crushed. You, therefore, who have died with Christ will also be raised with Him. The new day has dawned, the day of resurrection. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

He is risen! He is risen, indeed!! Alleluia!!!

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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