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.”
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
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”.
Let this story wash over you, hit you, even hurt you. It is only then that it can change you and you’re left clinging to Christ…just the way you should be.
The unspoken lesson to the Pharisees and scribes…if they will only hear it is this, “Do you want to know why I receive sinners and eat with them? Because if I don’t, then I can’t receive and eat with you.”
We have rules for the way covenants and other legal contracts are written. We try to apply those rules to God’s covenant, and they don’t fit. God makes exceptions to the way he makes covenants . . . not for his benefit, but for our eternal benefit! If we have a hard time remembering covenants, that’s not so serious. As long as God remembers. God remembers his covenant so that all generations are blessed forever.
What becomes of the fig tree that was reluctant to bear fruit? As in many of Jesus’ parables, this one ends leaving us in suspense. Was it dig up? Cut down? Transplanted to another Vineyard? We don’t know. That’s not the point. What we do know is that there is a good gardener and that the fig tree is in his hand. That he will continue to feed and nourish and care for it. But the grace it is richly given day upon day, week upon week, year upon year will keep it. And sustain it. And make it prosper. Wherever it may be planted.
God does what it takes . . . and he has done it again tonight. He has sent his Word to bring us to repentance and forgiveness and restoration.
It’s common when people have difficulties and pain in life that they come to the Church. The seek comfort and they rightly turn to God. The Kingdom of Heaven is defined by Jesus as a kingdom of hearts that trust (have faith in) God’s promises. Who is in this kingdom? Who can be in this kingdom? Are you ready for Jesus’ reply?
παιδίον (paidion) – Common child
μικρoν (mikron) – “small one”
τέκνον (teknon) – Child
θηλάζω (thalazo) – Nursing one
νήπιος (napion) – Infant
βρέφος (brephos) – Nursing Infant/unborn baby
Which word(s) occur in the verses below?
2 Timothy 3:14-15–
Luke 1:15; 41
It was a miracle the night Jesus walked on water. It proved that he is God, with all the powers of God. But then Jesus performed another perhaps even more wondrous work. He made it possible for Peter to walk on water as well. So, consider Philippians 2:13: “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” God was at work in Peter! God is at work in you! What has God done in you lately?
It’s not that, if we know WHO HE IS and WHO WE ARE in Him, we will not fall. We’ll lose a lot more than we win. But even one win is worth the suffering and pain because it’s a foretaste of the final victory that has already been won.
Tonight we see dust and ashes. God’s Word leads us to repent and receive forgiveness. What a change takes place! In Christ, the Scripture is fulfilled of Isaiah 61:3, and we now have “a beautiful headdress instead of ashes”.