We “know the cost” of discipleship, not so that we may win the prize, but because we already have it! We ‘hate’ what we should ‘hate’ that we may ‘love’ God with all our heart and mind and soul and our neighbor as ourselves, not as the ‘price’ that we must pay, but as the offering of thanks and praise to our Lord who knew the cost and now calls us, “My disciples.”
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
The kingdom of God is like a feast, says Jesus. Nothing is more important than that we be there! Even good excuses will shut us out from His presence and cut us off from His gifts. We had better not let that happen.
“Strive,” “struggle,” “agonize,” to remain in your baptism. Don’t try to ‘add’ something to it. It won’t fit through the ‘door.’ You have Jesus. He is all that you can have. He is everything that you need.
We have something that the faithful from Hebrews 11 did not have: the fulfillment of God’s promises in Jesus. They knew the Messiah was coming. We can look back with confident faith to his cross. We can look back to the cross of Christ to see our pain dealt with once and for all. Our pains are nothing compared to the pain he bore on our behalf. As we continue our race, there will be pain. How can we endure it? By looking to the cross, to Jesus, who now is seated in heaven at the finish line. When we focus on him, our pain doesn’t go away, but we can bear it because we see what Jesus did for us, and we see what’s coming as well.
It has been said that worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere. Let’s get out of the chair and do something. Our trust makes worry impossible. We humans has a hard time putting our trust in another, whether God or human. May God grant us hearts to trust Him…since our current abundance came from Him.
Listen to the word from outside your dialog with your soul. Listen to the very source of life and goodness, let it carve and shape you. For in it you will find joyful satisfaction through the Gospel.
The more regularly we sit at His feet and listen to Him speak to us through His Word, the more we grow in faith and the more like little children we become. And the more like little children we become, the more easily and readily we are to come to God as dear children come to their dear father. It’s just the natural thing for the baptized children of God to do.
God serves us. Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God. We are strengthened by his Word, as was Mary. It’s a holy hospitality to us. We sit. We listen…to be strengthened.
May you no longer be a slave to fear. But may you rest in the comfort of the Gospel and compelled by God’s love for you, you see that you are created in His image. God means for us to see Himself in others and for others to see God in us.
The Church is here to lift you up, comfort you, prepare you, share God’s peace with you and remind you that the journey continues. “Let us ever walk with Jesus.”
It is only because Jesus set his face resolutely and unconditionally toward Jerusalem and the cross that today he can set his face resolutely toward you as a face of unconditional grace and peace. “The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace” Numbers 6:25–26.
Today the Holy Spirit manifests His power in the preaching of the Word and the administration of the sacraments in a variety of languages. All believe and worship God, by the action of the same Spirit, in the language of their hearts. We are one in Christ and one in the Spirit. This is the day that the tower of Babel turned upside-down…and the Gospel was able to be brought to you.
He ascends to bring about this season of grace, of sowing by the Word and watering with the Sacraments, so that the full harvest will, in due time, be brought in from the ends of the earth.
English: Jesus Christ
Latin: IHCOYC XPICTOC
Greek: Ἰησοῦς Χριστός
The fingers of Jesus’ right hand spell out “IC XC”, a widely used four letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus Christ. It is by the name of Jesus that we are saved and receive blessings: “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;” (Phil 2:10).
The fingers of Jesus’ left hand is an indication of the trinity. You see one finger extended while three are tucked, hidden or less prominent. All of this is simply to affirm the doctrine of the trinity that is found many places in Scripture, to which Jesus affirmed in our Gospel text from last week, “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30.
In Christ, we are chosen as members of the family of God. In Christ, we are protected and cared for by our heavenly Father. In Christ, we have eternal security. In Christ, we are safe. Safe in his name.
Without Easter, we have nothing to celebrate because we didn’t get the news!! Easter is that day that we know that God’s promise will come to us. That we get to live…in bodies…without that stuff that makes life difficult. So thank God for Easter, thank God for Jesus, and thank God for the resurrection—his, of course…but ours as well!
God’s powerful Word brings us to repentance to forgive and pardon us, to open the door of paradise to us. Jesus remembers a criminal so that people know pardon in paradise.
Since God causes us to remember the death of our Lord, and since biblical remembering involves a subsequent action, what action does God cause to happen in us after the Lord’s Supper? “Depart in peace.”
The question before us today is whether we’ll continue calling him our King on Friday. You know how the story ends on Good Friday. What does this expression of love compel you to do? Survey is out…what do you say?
God remembers His steadfast love so that the whole earth sees His salvation. It may be hard to translate some words in the Bible with just one word. But we know steadfast love when we see it—in Christ. What we have a hard time putting into words, God puts in us. Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love”.