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This comic strip is B.C. by Johnny Hart of blessed memory.  He was devout Christian.  It is the bottom half that is pertinent during Lent.  

Peter’s Delivery Service can not deliver his customer from evil. Duh!  Yet people  are superstitious by using 4 leaf clovers to reading the horoscopes that somehow they will deliver from evil.  Hardly.  People still turn to Peter, as in the apostle, and all the apostles, and all the saints and pray to them and dead popes for deliverance from evil. Or give money to some televangelist who promises deliverance from evil, such as poverty.   They can’t deliver. It should be plainly obvious what I am getting at:  Peter, Paul, Lydia, Mary, Joseph, Onesimus, etc., did not turn to dead saints in prayer, but with the whole Church  turned to the One, crucified and risen, who commands, gives, and inspires our prayer.  He alone  has and can deliver us from evil:  the One who delivered Himself to evil,  tempted by the prince of evil and so bearing the sin of the world.  The Lord’s Prayer petition can also be translated, Deliver us from the evil one.  Jesus Christ is your delivery Man.

From Dr. Luther’s teaching on the Lord’s Prayer, “Deliver us from evil”, The Large Catechism.  “…there is nothing for us to do upon earth but to pray against this arch-enemy without ceasing. For unless God preserved us, we would not be safe from him even for an hour.                                                         Hence you see again how God wishes us to pray to Him also for all the things which affect our bodily interests, so that we seek and expect help nowhere else except in Him.  But this matter He has put last; for if we are to be preserved and delivered from all evil, the name of God must first be hallowed in us, His kingdom must be with us, and His will be done. After that He will finally preserve us from sin and shame, and, besides, from everything that may hurt or injure us.

From The Small Catechism:


What does this mean?–Answer.

That I should be certain that these petitions are acceptable to our Father in heaven and heard; for He Himself has commanded us so to pray, and has promised that He will hear us. Amen, Amen; that is, Yea, yea, it shall be so.


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Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and delivered into the hands of sinful men to suffer death upon the cross; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Psalm 22 (antiphon: v. 1)

or Psalm 31 (antiphon: v. 1)

 Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

John 18:1-19:42

or John19:17-30

GRADUAL      (Heb. 9:12a, c, 15a; Ps. 111:9a)

[Christ] entered once for all into the holy places, by means of I his own blood,* thus securing an eternal redemption.

Therefore he is the mediator of a new I covenant,*

so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal in heritance. He sent redemption to his I people;*

he has commanded his covenant for- I ever.

I am shut in so that I cannot escape; my eye grows dim through I sorrow. Every day I call upon you, O LORD; I spread out my I hands to you. For my soul is full of I troubles,*

and my life draws near I to Sheol.


Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  (Is. 53:4)

But if any honest Christian wants to know why the Lord suffered death on the cross and not in some other way, we answer thus: in no other way was it expedient for us, indeed the Lord offered for our sakes the one death that was supremely good. He had come to bear the curse that lay on us; and how could He “become a curse” otherwise than by accepting the accursed death? And that death is the cross, for it is written “Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree.” Again, the death of the Lord is the ransom of all, and by it “the middle wall of partition” is broken down and the call of the Gentiles comes about. How could He have called us if He had not been crucified, for it is only on the cross that a man dies with arms outstretched? Here, again, we see the fitness of His death and of those outstretched arms: it was that He might draw His ancient people with the one and the gentiles with the other, and join both together in Himself.  even so, He foretold the manner of His redeeming death, “I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto Myself”  Athanasius of Alexandria

Reflection:  This is great cartoon!  It is a great cartoon of God’s Law!  On this Good Friday we are reminded heaven or hell depends finally and fully  upon what He did…for you!  He does not want to give you hell, but His heaven as the thief on His right hand knew he was deserving as we all do, and there on his cross he confessed his sin:

 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  St. Luke 24

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Kings hate it when the common man goes over their head.  The ‘ultimate’ power a ruler has is death.  The King born in a stable died.  The ruler of this world thought he had Him.   He was wrong.  The ruler of this world had been had…for us and our salvation.  Jesus did not go over the ruler of this world or the heads of rulers for that matter, but under their radar…that’s why Herod trembled for his throne.

Bill Moyers, the perennial PBS interviewer, was President Lyndon Johnson’s press secretary.  Moyers is also a Baptist minister.  At a cabinet meeting, with a big long table, the President on the one end and Moyers on the other, LBJ asked Moyers to say a prayer.  He did and when he had finished, LBJ said, “Bill, I couldn’t hear you.” Moyers:  “I wasn’t talking to you, Mr. President.”  

As much as we imbue Presidents with almost mystical power and prestige, even in spite of living in a republic, they are ruled…atheist, Christian or other. It is true:  we can go over the head of the Head of any state.  As it is written:  

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and fromthe seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness,the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.                                                                        Revelation 1 (emphasis my own)

“Jesus, remember me when you come into Your Kingdom.  Jesus said to the thief, Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”                             -St. Luke 23: 42-43

No king on earth can answer prayer.

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