'Savior' Tagged Posts

'Savior' Tagged Posts

“LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION”

At the very outset of His earthly ministry, our Savior is locked in deadly embrace with Satan.  The Hero born of woman takes on the dark powers in the wilderness temptation. Christ, our sinless Substitute, was tempted and overcame.  All this He did for us.  He credits His victory over Satan to our account. What a comfort for you and me.  We have caved so often to the evil one.  It is with good reason that Jesus taught us to…

GOD’S SECRET SERVICE

In our Gospel lesson this morning, Jesus speaks of when He will come “in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.”  As we traditionally ponder the Lord’s final coming in these closing Sundays of the Church Year, it may be helpful to review what the Bible says about the angels. The angels are spirits which God created in the beginning to praise Him and to serve you and me.  Usually these angels are invisible. Sometimes, in the days before all…

TROUBLE IN THE TEMPLE

The Scriptures tell us of Solomon’s soaring prayer of thanks to God at the dedication of the great temple in Jerusalem.  It was a day they would never forget.  God had finally fulfilled His promise to dwell among His chosen people in a special way.  The temple itself, in its totality and in its separate parts, testified to the coming Christ who tabernacled among us. But there came a time when there was trouble in the temple.  The 7th chapter…

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN?

Educator Geoffrey Canada described his heartbreak as a child when his mother told him that Superman wasn’t real. He was crushed not because his comic-book fantasies had been shattered but because, as a boy in a failing school in the Bronx, he suddenly realized that “there was no one out there with enough power to save us.” Today he is the president of the Harlem Children’s Zone which tries to increase high school and college graduation rates in Harlem.  Geoffrey…

THE HONOR OF GIVING

Christian giving is done “in order to honor the Lord,” says Paul in 2 Cor. 8:19.    It is not some cold business of raising money or funding a budget. Our Christian giving is an act of worship, no less than saying a prayer, singing a hymn, lending our hearts and ears in faith to the creed, the Scripture lessons and the sermon.  It is our sacred honor to God. Solomon says in Proverbs:  “Honor [that is, worship!] the Lord with…

EAT UP!

Forget, for a moment, any lectures on poor church attendance.   If you are reading this before the service, then you are here!  Why preach to the choir? But even we who do come to God’s house may find ourselves doing it out of a dogged sense of duty, or at least a family habit.  Maybe we read a chapter or two in the Bible each day as one more time-bandit on our to-do list. It can all become something we…

INNOCENT BLOOD FOR YOU AND ME TOO

“I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” says a despairing Judas in our Lenten text.  “There is still time to turn around,” is Christ’s promise.   “My blood is being poured out for your black crime too.  Judas, there is no deed so dark, no memory of yesterday so monstrous that I have not paid the penalty, no sin so shocking that I have not buried it in the ocean of My love.” Sadly, Judas rejects the innocent blood that was…

OUR CHEATING HEART

In the Upper Room on the night of the betrayal, Jesus dropped a bombshell. He told the Twelve:   “One of you shall betray me.” The Biblical record goes on to tell us that Judas Iscariot, of the twelve apostles, sold His Savior for 30 pieces of silver. It is to the credit of the other disciples that they each ask:  “Is it I?” They had a handle on the doctrine of original sin.  Each one knew he had it in…

“CAN THESE BONES LIVE?”

You may remember an old spiritual:  “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones…O hear the word of the Lord…the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone…” and so on.  That old spiritual song is taken from a vision God gave to the prophet Ezekiel in the 37th chapter, this morning’s Old Testament lesson. Ezekiel pictures the people of Judah to whom the Savior has been promised, trudging to Babylon in chains, a…

SOMETHING SPECIAL

Today’s “cross-examination” takes us to the upper room where Christ institutes Holy Communion – the Lord’s Supper – as a “visible gospel.” We call these visible expressions of the gospel “sacraments.”   A sacrament  1)  is instituted by Christ,  2)  has an earthly visible element used with God’s Word, and 3) conveys in a special way the forgiveness of sins which Christ won for us.   The two sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Baptism is intended for all those who,…

TREES, PLANTS, BRANCHES, ETC.

Back in our seminary days, we often stopped by the seminary book store after lunch.  My first year there, I noticed one of the hundreds of books for sale.  It was entitled:  All The Plants Of The Bible.  My second year it was still sitting there on the shelf. My third year I left to be a vicar. When I returned for my fourth and final year, there it was, gathering dust. “Who in their right mind would buy it?”…

THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

Our Gospel lesson from John reports the reaction of the crowd when Jesus finished His famous “Bread of Life” sermon:   “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” Every veteran pastor knows what this is like – the sullen look that says, “No!” to some plain word of God and storms out. This parting of the ways has been there: ever since Cain went forth from the presence of the Lord to found an…
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