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Called & Chosen! (Matthew 22:1-14)

Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ, We Partake of His Wedding Feast By His cross and resurrection, the Lord has swallowed up death forever, and by His Gospel He “will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth” (Is. 25:8). Therefore, “let us…

Toss Out the Rubbish! (Phillippians 3:7-11)

The True Vine Redeems the Vineyard of the LORD of Hosts “The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel” (Is. 5:7), which He planted “on a very fertile hill” (Is. 5:1). He did everything for His vineyard, not only clearing it of stones and planting it with “choice vines,” but also…

Be Like Christ! (Phillipians 2:1-18)

The Cross of Christ Opens to Us the Way of Repentance to Life with God The way of the Lord is righteous and just: “the soul who sins shall die” (Ezek. 18:4). However, because the Lord has “no pleasure in the death of anyone” (Ezek. 18:32), He calls sinners to repentance and faith in His…

The First and the Last! (Matthew 20:1-16)

A Sermon By Martin Luther Aside from translating the Bible into the language of the people, composing many hymns, and producing the Small and Large Catechisms; Martin Luther’s sermons for the church year, called “postils,” were his most influential writings for both pastors and people alike . . . an influence that has continued down…

Sins Against God! Sins Against Us! (Matthew 18:21-22)

Forgiving as the Lord Forgives Us In settling His accounts with us, our Lord acts not with anger, but with compassion. He does not imprison us as we deserve, but He forgives all our debts and releases us (Matt. 18:23–27). Therefore, our Lord bids each of us to have “mercy on your fellow servant” and…

Don’t Let Go! He’s Your Brother! (Matthew 18:15-17)

Living as Humble Little Children of the Father True greatness is not self-sufficient strength, but humility like that of a little child. The greatness of childlike faith receives all good things as gracious gifts from our Father in heaven. Apart from such faith, “you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,” but whoever is humbled…

Marching Orders! (Matthew 16:24)

The Glory of God Is the Passion and Cross of Christ Jesus After St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, our Lord “began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed,…

Answer This Question! (Matthew 16:13-20)

The Lord Jesus Christ Is the Son of the Living God Jesus asked His disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). The question is also put to us: Who do you say that He is? Flesh and blood do not reveal this to us, but by the ministry of the Gospel,…

Be Persistent! Be Rewarded! (Matthew 14:21-28)

The Church Lives Under the Cross of Christ and Prays in the Hope of His Mercy By her persistent prayer that Jesus would have mercy and help her (Matt. 15:22, 24), and even in the face of His initial silence and apparent rejection (Matt. 15:23–26), the Canaanite woman boldly confessed her faith in Him (Matt…

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus! (Matthew 14:25-31)

Christ the Crucified Comes to Save Us by the Word of Faith The Lord who “laid the foundation of the earth” (Job 38:4) is the Author and Giver of life who governs all things by His Word. His wisdom and power are beyond our understanding, except as He reveals Himself in the incarnate Word, Christ…