In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Jesus says in Mark chapter four: With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is […]
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In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit “I see it, but I wish it was not there.” That was the remark of a well-meaning layman when shown a citation in our Symbolic Books concerning a particular practice of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church. Perhaps you have been […]
Johann Heermann on Judica Sunday (John 8:46–59) Translation © Matthew Carver, 2012. Sure cure and remedy Against death’s potency In the name of Christ Jesus, our Physician, who has prescribed for us a tested remedy against death’s potency, and by His honest mouth assures that all orthodox hearts who use this medicine shall not taste […]
You’ve probably heard of Christ’s threefold office of Prophet, Priest, and King. These three facets of the person and work of Christ shape this portion of the church year. Last Sunday, Lent IV (Jn 6:1-15), the crowds identified Jesus as “the prophet” who had come into the world (Jn 6:14). Today, our Epistle preaches His work as our High Priest (Heb 9:11-15). Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, will present Him as our King who comes to save us (Matt. 21:1-9). I would like to focus on two aspects of Christ’s role as our High Priest this morning: (1) the blood of the atonement and (2) the bread of His presence.
I am indebted to Rev. Craig A. Meissner of Immanuel Church in Steger, IL for his thoughts on the Hebrew word for “see” that is also translated as “provide”. Soli Deo Gloria! In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Most assuredly, I say to you, if […]