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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…

3-14-21 Laetare

March 14, 2021
Each Sunday of Lent so far we have had a stark reminder that the devil is real and hates Christ and man. When Jesus was in the wilderness, the devil assaulted him with all manner of temptations. We heard about the Canaanite woman’s daughter, who was severely oppressed by a demon. Last week Jesus cast out a demon who was mute, and then he spent quite some time teaching us about demons and the nature…

3-7-21 Oculi

March 7, 2021
Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it. In all the histories of the New Testament where people come to Jesus and are healed or saved from the devil, we rarely get to see what they do with the rest of their lives. Your faith has saved you, Jesus says, but what do they go on to do after that? Does their life actually change? So the Syrophoenician woman from last…

3-3-21 Baptism 2 (Lent Midweek)

March 3, 2021
Last week we talked about why Baptism must have power. It has Jesus’ word. And Jesus’ word is always powerful. It created the world, it raised the dead, it forgives sins. And the particular words of Baptism are founded on the power and authority Jesus won by His death and resurrection, an authority and power over death and the devil and all our sin. This evening then we’re going to build on the fact that…

2-28-21 Reminiscere

February 28, 2021
The Holy Spirit tells us Jesus was in the region of Tyre and Sidon. The first thing we have to ask ourselves is why He’s there. Tyre and Sidon, if you know your geography, are north and west of Israel. They’re not part of Israel. It’s not a place where Jews live. In fact Jesus will later tell the Jews that if the works He performed among them were performed in Tyre and Sidon, they…
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