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Sermon September 29: St Michael and All Angels: Testimony

In Revelation Michael, God’s angel messenger wins by the cross of Christ and the word of faithful testimony. Testimony might be one of the Lutheran tradition’s greatest weaknesses. Yet this is how Satan is defeated and hell is crushed underfoot.

 

Second Reading: Revelation 12:7-12

Armed with the power of God, Michael and the angels of God fight those armed with the power of evil, the devil and the devil’s angels. The “blood of the Lamb,” our crucified Lord Jesus, gives Michael the power to force the devil from a place in heaven.
7War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,
 “Now have come the salvation and the power
  and the kingdom of our God
  and the authority of his Messiah,
 for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down,
  who accuses them day and night before our God.
11But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
  and by the word of their testimony,
 for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
12Rejoice then, you heavens
  and those who dwell in them!
 But woe to the earth and the sea,
  for the devil has come down to you
 with great wrath,
  because he knows that his time is short!”