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Listen to God’s Prophet! (Deuteronomy 18:15-20)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, True God in the Flesh, Cleanses Our Consciences from Sin As He promised, the Lord our God has raised up “a prophet” like Moses, namely Jesus, our brother in the flesh. “To him you shall listen,” because the Word of the Lord is “in his mouth” (Deut. 18:15–18). Indeed, He is…

God’s Son Under Pressure! (John 1:47-49)

The Lord Calls Us to Himself by the Preaching of Repentance in His Name When “the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time,” sending him to preach judgment against the great city of Nineveh, “Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD” (Jonah 3:1, 3). By this…

Jesus Teaches! (Mark 1:22, Luke 4:15, John 1:38)

The Lord God Is with You and Reveals Himself to You by the Preaching of His Word The Lord Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael to “come and see” that He is “the Son of God” and “the King of Israel” (John 1:43–49). And they shall see even “greater things than these” (John 1:50). For His…

Follow the Star! (Matthew 2:1-12)

The Lord God Is Manifested in the Incarnate Son The Feast of the Epiphany centers in the visit of the Magi from the East. In that respect, it is a “thirteenth day” of Christmas, and yet it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. Where Christmas has focused on the incarnation of our…

What Was Spoken of Jesus! (Luke 2:33-40)

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…

An Unexpected Present! (Luke 1:26-38)

The Lord Builds a House for David: Jesus Christ Who Comes in the Flesh When King David “lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies,” he piously supposed that he would build a house for God (2 Sam. 7:1–2). But the Lord would turn it around: He would…

Open the Door to Repentance! (John 1:6-8, Mark 1:4-8)

The Coming of the Christ Brings True Rejoicing in His Forgiveness When he preaches repentance, John the Baptist points us to Christ Jesus. John was sent by God “as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him” (John 1:7). He baptizes with water in order to “make straight the…

Begin at the Beginning! (Mark 1:4-8)

You Are Prepared through Repentance for the Coming of the Lord “The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1) begins when John the Baptist appears and comes “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). As the prophet Isaiah had written, John is the messenger of the Lord,…

The Grande Finale! (Mark 13:24-37)

The Lord Jesus Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us Although we pray that God “would rend the heavens and come down” (Is. 64:1), that He would take vengeance against our enemies, we ourselves “have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (Is. 64:6)….

Our Last Enemy! (Matthew 25:31-46)

Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ “A great multitude … from all tribes and peoples and languages” cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–10). Faith-filled saints from every place and time with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we,…