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It Is Finished! (John 19:30)

Behold the Lamb of God, Who Takes Away the Sin of the World Jesus, the Lamb of God, is led to the slaughter of His cross as the Sacrifice of Atonement for the sin of the world. “Despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3), He is the…

The Lord’s Supper! (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-27)

Let Us Love One Another, as Christ Has Loved Us and Loves Us to the End “The LORD’s Passover” (Ex. 12:11) and “the blood of the covenant” at Mount Sinai (Ex. 24:8) are preeminent types of the Lord’s Supper. The blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, now covers us, and we keep His Supper…

Our King Comes! (Zechariah 9:9)

The Son of David Ascends His Throne and Reigns in Love from His Cross The Son of David comes in gentle humility, “sitting on a donkey’s colt,” yet as the King of Israel “in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13–15). He comes to be lifted up in glory on the cross in order to…

Followership! (Mark 10:35-45)

In the Holy Sacraments, We Share the Glory of the Cross of Christ Jesus catechizes His disciples in the way of the cross, revealing that He will be condemned and put to death “and after three days he will rise” (Mark 10:33–34). But the Twelve do not understand. Instead, they argue among themselves about who…

Just What the Doctor Ordered! (Numbers 21:4-9)

The Bible calls on us to continually give thanks to God for all the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. However, we as children of God, spend much time complaining. And, as a consequence, we at times are not only unhappy, but also do things to hurt and to frustrate others. More seriously, our…

Purging the Temple! (John 2:13-17)

The Crucified and Risen Body of Jesus Is the True Temple of the Lord The Lord rescues His people, Israel, “out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Ex. 20:2) and makes His gracious covenant with them, defined by the Ten Commandments. Since He has become their God by His grace,…

What’s On Your Mind? (Mark 8:27-38)

Our Worship Theme Today’s Scripture Lessons emphasize that we as children of God are to humbly accept the troubles that come upon us in life, continuing to trust in God’s love. And that instead of turning from God to seek our own answers, we ought to continue to serve Him and trust that He will…

The Hour of Temptation! (Luke 4:1-13)

Christ Jesus Defeats Our Temptation and Saves Us by His Faithfulness In faith and the fear of God, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. At the Word of the Lord, he “took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son.” And “when they came to the place of…

On the Mountain with Jesus! (Matthew 17:1-3,5b)

The Face of Jesus Christ Manifests the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God It was “a hard thing” that Elisha asked, but by his persistence he was able to see the prophet Elijah being taken “by a whirlwind into heaven.” Although “chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of…

Let Jesus “Play” You! (Mark 1:29-31)

The Son of God, Christ Jesus, Makes Us a New Creation The Lord alone “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Is. 40:28). He “sits above the circle of the earth” and “stretches out the heavens like a curtain” (Is. 40:22). Yet, His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His…