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5-9-21 Rogate

May 9, 2021
Jesus uses two different words for asking in our Gospel lesson. They get translated the same in English, as “ask,” but the two words are worlds apart. “In that day you will ask nothing of me, Jesus says, Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give to you.” So Jesus says it’s only when you have nothing to ask from Jesus, that you can ask anything…

4-25-21 Jubilate

April 25, 2021
We will end our service this morning by singing those beautiful words, “And then from death awaken me, that these mine eyes with joy may see, O Son of God, thy glorious face, my Savior and my Fount of grace.” This is the aspiration every Christian shares. Every Christian can say, “This is the goal of my entire life, that I and all whom God has given me, will awaken from the dead to see…

4-18-21 Misericordias Domini

April 18, 2021
We are sheep, and in this life we will have one of two shepherds: the wolf or the Good Shepherd. The Lord describes life in the devil’s flock earlier in Ezekiel 34, just before today’s Old Testament reading. In that section the Lord faults Israel’s pastors, and as he faults them we see how the devil had been at work: “The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you…

4-11-21 Quasimodo Geniti

April 11, 2021
Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. That’s a rather bland translation. They rejoiced when they saw the Lord is what the Greek says. The same word Jesus uses when he promises them three nights earlier, “But you will see me again, and your joy will be full and no one will take that joy from you.” This is the Joy O joy beyond all gladness that we sing. It’s a joy…

4-4-21 The Resurrection of Our Lord

April 4, 2021
Mary and the other women went to the tomb expecting to find a dead body. This is a startling fact. They had been with Jesus. They had followed him from Galilee. They loved him dearly. But Jesus’ words, his repeated preaching, that he must suffer, must die, and must rise again the third day, these words had not sunk into their hearts or convinced their minds. Instead they go to anoint a dead body that…

4-2-21 Good Friday Chief Service

April 2, 2021
From the beginning of Christ’s passion, it becomes devastatingly obvious that all around Him need saving. They’re obnoxiously serve serving. And this is a commentary not simply on their need for a Savior but on ours. As St. John tells us at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, “Jesus did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in…

4-2-21 Good Friday Tenebrae

April 2, 2021
In the name of Jesus. Day of wrath, O day of mourning! See fulfilled the Prophet’s warning, Heav’n and earth in ashes burning. (TLH 607.1) Even the pagans recognize divine wrath and judgment in catastrophic events. When God sent deep and utter darkness upon the Egyptians in the 9th Plague, Pharoah did not question whether or not this was the work of a god. He only raged at Moses for being the prophet of the…

4-1-21 Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, declared his last will and testament and disposed of his estate. Many rich men have willed gold and mansions, revenues and high positions. Our Lord says in Luke 9, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Yet Jesus has willed us something far greater than earthly wealth and honor. Our…

3-28-21 Palm Sunday

March 28, 2021
It’s the great privilege of us Christians to think on the Passion of our Lord Jesus. We don’t deserve it. And we need to know this. Oftentimes it seems that the pastor’s job or the Christian’s job is to convince people to give God the favor of thinking about him. Nonsense. It is our honor to think on the Lord Jesus. We should be prize it above riches and honor and fame, above every pleasure…

3-21-21 Judica

March 21, 2021
Whoever keeps my Word will never see death. This is the assertion of the Lord Jesus. The Greek is more elaborate and expressive and beautiful, Whoever guards my Word will by no means see death for ever. That’s what it says. It’s a powerful, dogmatic assertion, spoken with all confidence. And we’re going to deal with this assertion in three ways today. First, we’re going to talk about what it means. Second, we’re going to…
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