The way Jesus defines faith here is the opposite of what we would think or feel like doing. It just goes to show you, how God works faith in us.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
Jesus Christ suffered death on the cross and rose from the dead on the 3rd day…not for His angels! He did this for you. Jesus came into this world, this fallen and sinful world, not as an angel but as a man, to do what no angels could do. And the angels understand this better than we do
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.”
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.
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.
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!
If these four people could be included in the significance of Jesus’ genealogy, you have value to God as well. This is what Christmas is all about, God’s good favor coming to outsiders…me and you! Had Matthew left out those four individuals, we might have missed the whole point! Merry Christmas!
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"Where is the best place to remember your family members who have died in the faith? As your going to communion. You are closer to them spiritually than you ever were in this life." The sacrament is the heart of our religion. Communion is an All Saints' benefit.