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.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
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”.
The transfiguration of Jesus pair with Good Friday…but not in the way you’d think. On Good Friday there will be no light emanating from within Jesus for us to see. No company of heaven surrounding Him. No voice from the Father testifying of Him. The departure that He must fulfill in Jerusalem must be fulfilled in darkness, all alone, forsaken by the Father. He must “fulfill His departure in Jerusalem” so that we may depart in peace.
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!
The resurrection is real and King Jesus is in control.
We often focus on our confession of faith on Reformation Sunday, but this year we will focus on what Jesus calls us to do.
The striking question that the Gospel of Mark leaves you muddling over is this, “Jesus said he was going to be in Galilee on the third day after his death…would you, in faith, go to see him? Everything else happened, just as he said…”