Series: Holy Week 2023

4-7-23 Good Friday

April 7, 2023
“For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.” Thus the Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah. “For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.” For your transgressions Jesus was stricken. Think of that. Atoning for sin was no light matter. Satisfying the wrath of God was no light matter. The Father in heaven is not overreacting when He drives the crown of thorns into His Son’s head, when He flogs His Son repeatedly…

4-6-23 Maundy Thursday

April 6, 2023
Paul’s passionate defense of the Gospel ends with a passionate appeal to love one another. Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Do good to all, especially those of the household of faith. There were those who accused Paul of preaching against good works, against love, because he insisted that our good works and our love don’t save us. It happens every time you faithfully preach the Gospel. It happened to…

4-2-23 Passion Sunday

April 2, 2023
The image of the passion of Jesus has become so common among us that we can pass by it, hear about it, talk about it with no feeling. You can literally sit down, as I did yesterday morning, and read through St. Matthew’s passion without shedding a tear, without any deep feelings of emotion, of guilt or of joy or of gratefulness. We can just pass by the crucifix, a gruesome picture: look at it,…
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