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.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
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…”
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.