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It’s nothing special, but here it is nonetheless:

Beloved saints in Christ Jesus:

Have this mind among yourselves, says St. Paul, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though He was true God made Himself nothing, and humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who did not shun the humility of the cross, but came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, fulfilling the Scriptures; who stood before the Governor of Judea and refused to answer to the accusations of the chief priests and elders; who stood passively by while blasphemies were uttered against Him; who allowed His name and reputation to be rubbed in the dirt; who, though He was completely innocent of wrong doing, was held as a prisoner.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who took the place of a notorious criminal named Barabbas; who was scourged and delivered to be crucified; who stood before the entire battalion of soldiers; who was stripped naked and given a scarlet robe in mockery; whose precious head was pierced with a crown of thorns; who was mocked by the soldiers when they knelt before Him saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Have this mind among yourselves, dear Christians, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who allowed Himself to be spit upon by the people and His head struck by a reed; who was stripped naked again and clothed with His own clothes; who was offered wine mixed with gall to drink; who was crucified for sinful men; whose garments were divided among the soldiers; who was derided by those who passed by; who was mocked by the chief priests and elders and scribes.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, whose name was reviled by the robbers that were crucified with Him; who was forsaken by His heavenly Father in death and suffering for our sakes; who gave up His life into death for us and for our salvation.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, whom God has now highly exalted, and given the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and of those under the earth; who shall be confessed as Lord by every tongue to the glory of God the Father.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who suffered all this out of great love for you and for His heavenly Father; who endured all this so that you could stand here today before God forgiven of all your sins through His death; so that you too might be raised again to life even as He was raised from the dead on the third day; who allowed such terrible things to be done to Him in order that through baptism into His death and resurrection you might also become acceptable to your heavenly Father.

Have this mind among yourselves, beloved Christians, not the mind that does all things for personal gain; not the mind that shuns suffering and the cross; not the mind that returns evil for evil; that seeks revenge for misdeeds. For this is not the mind of Christ, but the mind of self-serving Adam. It is the mind that leads to eternal death and damnation, not eternal life and light in Christ. It is not the mind you have been given in Christ Jesus.

Have this mind among yourselves, says the Apostle Paul, which is yours in Christ Jesus. Have it as you observe Holy Week; as you remember the events of your Lord’s suffering and death and resurrection; as you speak to one another in songs, hymns, and spiritual songs; as you gather at the altar to eat and drink the body and blood of Christ, our true Passover Lamb.

Have this mind among yourselves as you do good works in this congregation, as you serve your neighbor in your various callings. As you husbands live for your wives and as you wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord. Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to your heavenly Father through Christ. And as you contemplate the most holy and bitter suffering and death of your Savior during this holiest of weeks, rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! For behold, your king has come to you; righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Rejoice and be glad, you prisoners of hope. For Christ has set you free from the waterless pit through His own blood of the covenant, which was poured out for you and for all on Calvary. He has turned you away from destruction. He has lifted you out of the dungeons of hell. He has rescued you from the grip of Satan. He has taken away your sins and cast them behind His back forever. He remembers them no more. He remembers only His love for you. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest. Amen.

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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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