O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Who's in charge? By the authority of His death and resurrection, Jesus has become first in all things, of whom all of Scripture speaks. The Gospel wipes our sins away--without a trace--and as we have freely been given, by His authority we also freely give.