Trinity 1

169Let my cry come before you, | O LORD;*
         give me understanding according | to your word!

170Let my plea come be- | fore you;*
         deliver me according | to your word.

171My lips will | pour forth praise,*
         for you teach me your | statutes.

172My tongue will sing | of your word,*
         for all your command- | ments are right.

173Let your hand be ready to | help me,*
         for I have chosen your | precepts.

174I long for your salvation, | O LORD,*
         and your law is | my delight.

175Let my soul live and | praise you,*
         and let your just decrees | help me.

176I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your | servant,*
         for I do not forget your com- | mandments.
                  —Psalm 119:169–176

Additional Psalm: Psalm 89:46–52

Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 3:5–24
[Trust in the LORD with All Your Heart]
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
         and do not lean on your own understanding.

6In all your ways acknowledge him,
         and he will make straight your paths.

7Be not wise in your own eyes;
         fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

8It will be healing to your flesh
         and refreshment to your bones.

9Honor the LORD with your wealth
         and with the firstfruits of all your produce;

10then your barns will be filled with plenty,
         and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
         or be weary of his reproof,

12for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
         as a father the son in whom he delights.

Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom
13Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
         and the one who gets understanding,

14for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
         and her profit better than gold.

15She is more precious than jewels,
         and nothing you desire can compare with her.

16Long life is in her right hand;
         in her left hand are riches and honor.

17Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
         and all her paths are peace.

18She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
         those who hold her fast are called blessed.

19The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
         by understanding he established the heavens;

20by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
         and the clouds drop down the dew.

21My son, do not lose sight of these—
         keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22and they will be life for your soul
         and adornment for your neck.

23Then you will walk on your way securely,
         and your foot will not stumble.

24If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
         when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

New Testament Reading: John 11:38–57
Jesus Raises Lazarus
38Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus
45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

54Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

55Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. 56They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” 57Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Our doctrine, faith, and confession is as follows:

  1. The divine and human natures in Christ are personally united… One and the same person is the Son of God and Son of Man (Luke 1:35; Romans 9:5).

2… The divine and human natures are not mingled into one substance, nor is one changed into the other. Each keeps its own essential properties, which can never become the properties of the other nature.

  1. The properties of the divine nature are these: to be almighty, eternal, infinite, and to be everywhere present … to know everything, and so on. These never become properties of the human nature.
  2. The properties of the human nature are to be a bodily creature, to be flesh and blood, to be finite and physically limited, to suffer, to die, to ascend and descend, to move from one place to another, to suffer hunger, thirst, cold, heat, and the like. These never become properties of the divine nature.
  3. The two natures are united personally (i.e., in one person)… From this personal union … flows everything human that is said and believed about God, and everything divine that is said and believed about the man Christ.…

7… Mary conceived and bore not merely a man and no more, but God’s true Son. Therefore, she also is rightly called and truly is “the mother of God.”

8… It was not a mere man who suffered, died, was buried, descended to hell, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and was raised to God’s majesty and almighty power for us… It was a man whose human nature has such a profound ‹close›, indescribable union and communion with God’s Son that it is one person with Him.

  1. God’s Son truly suffered for us … according to the attributes of the human nature, which He received into the unity of His divine person and made His own. He did this so that He might be able to suffer and be our High Priest for our reconciliation with God….
                      —Epitome of the Formula of Concord VIII 4–14

Jesus has come as the mighty Redeemer.
         See now the threatening strong one disarmed!

Jesus breaks down all the walls of death’s fortress,
         Brings forth the pris—ners triumphant, unharmed.

Satan, you wicked one, own now your master!

Jesus has come! He, the mighty Redeemer! (LSB 533:3)

Prayer of the Day
Heavenly Father, Your beloved Son befriended frail humans like us to make us Your own. Teach us to be like Jesus— dear friends from Bethany, that we might serve Him faithfully like Martha, learn from Him earnestly like Mary, and be ultimately raised by Him like Lazarus; through their Lord and ours, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (1036)

Suggested Reading from the Book of Concord
Small Catechism Part I