Easter Devotion for April 12


Reading: 1 John 5:13–21

He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Amen.

Throughout the writings of St. John, the evangelist is insistent that what he is writing is for the sake of your faith, that you may believe in the name of the Son of God and in Him have eternal life. On this most holy day of the year, the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, let all who believe in the name of Jesus Christ rejoice in the certain promise of eternal life!

At the same time, let us pray for all who have not heard the Word of truth that St. John proclaims, who do not believe in the Son of God. Let us pray for the erring and those who have strayed from the faith. Our Father in heaven has promised to hear us and, having confidence in Him, all that we ask according to His will shall be heard.

Finally, let us give thanks that the resurrection of Jesus Christ has opened our eyes to know the truth. We who are in Him are as but little children in the care of our loving Father. Take comfort and rest knowing the Son of God has come and granted to you eternal life.

Almighty God, heavenly Father, You have given Your only-begotten Son into death for our sins, only to raise Him this day for our justification. Grant that we have confidence to pray according to Your will and remain steadfast in this faith until our blessed end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
The Lamb the sheep has ransomed:
Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconciling sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended
In that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, who died,
Reigns immortal. (LSB 460:1)

Mark Kranz (Sem IV, CTSFW)