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Sermon for Advent III (Gaudete)

Monday, December 13th, 2010

“Stir up!” This is the great petition of Advent, a call for our Lord to summon His own power to come among us and to save us. We pray in two Collects for Advent for the Lord to stir up His power to save us from the threatening peril of our sins (Advent I and IV). Last Sunday (Advent II), we prayed, “Stir up, our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine only-begotten Son.” And today’s Gradual has two petitions for the Lord to stir up His strength and to save us by His great might. Guided by today’s Gradual from Psalm 80[:1-2], today we learn from John the Baptist’s question what it means for the Lord to stir up His strength for us and for our salvation.

Advent 3 – Matthew 11:2-10

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Today’s Collect bids Jesus Christ lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation. How did our hearts get so dark? Rather, how did we come to believe that our hearts are dark? The answer is the man […]

Stöckhardt on Advent 3 – Matthew 11:2-10

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Now, is He really the Savior of the world? Yes, his very lowliness, that he descends into the misery of the miserable, into the poverty of the poor, proves this. It’s obvious no scepter, no crown, no glory, no personal advantage and self-gratification is he seeking in this world. He did not come to be […]

Walther on Advent 3 – Matthew 11:2-10

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Christ’s miracles did not only take place in secret, in a corner, only before the eyes of his friends, as do the alleged miracles of deceivers. They too place before many thousands of witnesses, often in the very presence of Christ’s bitterest enemies. Therefore, when after the resurrection of Christ, the apostles referred to his […]

John the forerunner to hell?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

This is an interpretation I haven’t run across before: Jerome. Hence he frames his question thus, Art thou he that is to come? Not, Art Thou he that hast come? And the sense is, Direct me, since I am about to go down into the lower parts of the earth, whether I shall announce Thee […]