When we confess Jesus as Lord we say, "Amen, God." "Ditto, God." "What you say, God." And we connect ourselves to the one whom we confess.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
While the High Priest wanted the same thing as God, the Father, the High Priest's motive was wrong.; motive changes everything. When has your motive not quite aligned with God's?
It isn't the flashy way that we would have planned it. It isn't the demonstration of power that we would have picked. Let us then rejoice that God brought about salvation for us where we would have failed.
While God wanted Jesus to die for the right and proper reasons, Barabbas wanted Jesus to die for all of the wrong and selfish reasons. Ironically, Barabbas thought that Jesus dying would set himself free...and it did.
Seeing is difficult in the dark. Seeing in a dark world is equally difficult. Having the proper tools is important so that we're lot led astray by false lights.
It is difficult for us to say because we can't imagine the plan. It is beyond shocking to consider that the Heavenly Father desired for His only begotten Son to die...but He did!
The Transfiguration is a tough account for us to manage. We want it to be true; but if it is, what do we make of it? For the disciples who went, it was comfort. For us, it brings hope of what we will one day see.
Jesus has a way of singling out individuals in need of healing and giving them what they need. Through God's means of Grace He has given us exactly what we need for our sinful fever of sin.
We have freedom in Christ to do so many things. But because of Christ it may not be the best things for us to do those things. Freedom is a tricky thing in the grey area of a fellow believer's conscience.
It isn't just about the day you were confirmed or the time leading up to that point. It is a way-point on the journey of faith. Our Good Shepherd is still speaking.
Many things make us uncomfortable and silence when we know someone is supposed to be talking is one of the worst. We feel the awkward nervousness for the one that we think should be speaking. When they start speaking again we're relieved and curious as to what will happen next. What God said after 400 years of silence is one of those moments.
Why Jesus needed to be baptized if he had no sin is a very common point of difficulty for Christians that is raised by this verse. But without Jesus' baptism...we lack everything!
It can be easy for a tree, a turkey, some toys and tinsel to become the focal point of gatherings at this time of year. If we do not see His glory it can be easy for this to happen. But seeing Him may be a little more than seeing the beauty of a rainbow.
If we're asking the wrong questions about Christmas we will undoubtedly come to the wrong answer. Genesis 3:15 is the first promise of the Gospel that God will send a savior to restore creation. But who is this person? And when will they come? And now you're ready to hear the Good News that comes at Christmas.
"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.