Today’s gospel underlines and emphasizes the proof of our savior’s resurrection from the grave. The Church has added this wonderful passage from the first epistle of St. John to be read during the divine service as epistle reading. This points to the testimony God has given about the living Lord – his only begotten Son – in heaven and on earth. Gospel and epistle agree in this holy purpose to jointly testify and witness about the risen and glorified savior in such a way that the congregation will be firmly grounded in its faith in the living Lord and will thus find profound peace and intense joy in him. This divine harmony in expressions of God’s holy word works in our hearts, that we worship God the Father and the Son without any contradiction or doubt – in unanimity and faithful communion – praising him from the bottom of our content and peaceful hearts with Hallelujahs of this blessed Easter tide!
Almighty God! We pray that you may grant to us, who have celebrated Easter holidays, the power to live lives of joy and peace in word and deed. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (O.J. Mehl)
Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, who has risen from the dead, save us from devils might and cunning and from deaths bonds that we all together enter the new life, which you have gained.
Be praised in this time by all God’s children and eternally by all those, who have overcome by thy very blood. Lord Jesus Christ grant power and courage that we too may overcome! (Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for the first Sunday after Easter: Quasimodogeniti. It is found on Pg. 166 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.