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Coming Back to Jerusalem (John 20:19-31)

The Cross and Passion of Our Lord Are the Hour of His Glory “Behold, your King is coming to you . . . humble and mounted on a donkey” (Zech. 9:9–12; Mt. 21:1–9). Our Lord rides in this humble fashion because He is entering Jerusalem to humble Himself even to the point of death on…

God Will Provide (Genesis 22:1-14)

Jesus Is Our Redemption In the temple Jesus said, “If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” (John 8:51). For Jesus came to taste death for us—to drink the cup of suffering to the dregs in order that we might be released from its power. Clinging to His life-giving words, we are delivered…

Dealing with God’s Abundance (Matthew 6:9-10)

The Lord Feeds His People The Lord provided bread from heaven for His people in the wilderness (Ex. 16:2–21). Now He who is Himself the living bread from heaven miraculously provides bread for the five thousand (John 6:1–15). This takes place near the time of the Passover, after a great multitude had followed Jesus across…

Two Kinds of Righteousness

Jesus Overcomes the Strong Man Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the Word of the Lord (Jer. 26:1–15). So also, Jesus is accused of doing evil when in fact He is doing good. He casts out a demon from a mute man so that he is able to speak (Luke 11:14–28). But…

A New Name (Genesis 32:22-32)

Holding God to His Word Jacob wrestled with God; he would not let Him go until he received a blessing from Him (Gen. 32:22–32). So it was with the Canaanite woman. Though Jesus seemed to ignore and reject her, she continued to call upon His name and look to Him for help (Mt. 15:21–28). Even…

Our Temptation (Genesis 3:1-21)

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…

How Does the Lord See (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Faith Alone The seeing are blind, while the one who is blind can see (Luke 18:31–43). Jesus tells the twelve that He is going up to Jerusalem to suffer and die and rise again, but they cannot understand or grasp what He is saying. The meaning of His words is hidden from their sight. However,…

Mission Accomplished! (Isaiah 55:10-13)

Scripture Alone The Sower sows the seed of His Word (Luke 8:4–15). This Word is living and powerful (Heb. 4:9–13) to conceive new life in those who hear it. But the planting of Christ is attacked by the devil, the world, and the flesh. Satan snatches the Word away from hard hearts. The riches and…

Whose Problem is it? (Matthew 5:20-26)

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…

The Take Away Point (Exodus 34:29-35)

Jesus Is Transfigured and Manifests His Glory The Lord appeared to Moses in the light of the burning bush (Ex. 3:1– 14). Later Moses’ face would shine with the light of God’s glory when he came down from Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:29–35). At the Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared with the One who is the…