Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday in Easter 3: The sign of our first entrance into the household of God

Opening Sentence
On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Collect of the Day
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 105:1-22

Lessons: Exodus 24, Colossians 2:8-23, Matthew 4:12-17

Baptism is the sign of our first entrance into the household of God, our Father, by which it is signified, that we are received into fellowship with Him, that we are clad with the righteousness of Christ, our sins and filthiness being washed away in His blood. Now it is evident, that the righteousness of Christ Jesus is everlasting, that God's purpose is so firmly assured, that rather shall the covenant made with the sun and moon, with the day and night, perish and be changed, than that the promise of His mercy made to His elect shall be frustrated and in vain. If Christ's justice be inviolable and the covenant of God be constant and sure, it is not necessary, that the sign which represents to me, and in some manner proves, that I am received into a covenant with God and as such am clothed with Christ's justice, be received oftener than once. For the repetition of it would imply, that prior to that I was a stranger from God, and never had been publicly received into his household. . . .

John Knox

The Church's One Foundation