Sermons

Quasimodo Geniti (Jn 20:19–31)

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

Jesus is alive—really alive! But He’s more than alive: not only will He never die again, but now He openly does things that only God can do. He certainly could do them before His resurrection, but, even though He’s God, He took on the appearance of a servant. Now that’s over, and He appears to His scared disciples behind locked doors. He knows word for word what unbelieving Thomas said even though He wasn’t standing there.

Now, what’s this resurrected and glorified Jesus up to? Why does He appear to the 10? Why does He appear again to them along with Thomas? Why does He gather us together today? Well, there’s one reason for all of it. There’s really only one thing Jesus is after. It’s why He was born. It’s why He died—really died! It’s why He came back to life. One thing: peace.

JESUS IS IN THE PEACE-DELIVERING BUSINESS. Continue reading

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Easter Day (Mk 16:6)

April 16, 2017
Immanuel Lutehran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

He was dead. Dead dead. Crucified dead. “Nails, spear shall pierce Him through” dead. Heart-stopped, last-breath dead. He was corpse dead. Signed death certificate dead. Not half dead. 100% dead. Call the coroner dead. Wrapped in grave clothes dead. Buried dead. Sealed in a cold, dark tomb dead.

Then, He wasn’t. He was alive. Alive alive. Nail prints and spear gash were only scars alive. “Just a flesh wound” alive! Heart-beating, breath-breathing alive. He was flesh and bones alive. Eat some fish alive. Not zombie alive. 100% alive. More than alive!—never to die again. Grave clothes left behind alive. No stench of death alive. Tomb opened to show He was already gone alive. Continue reading

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Easter Dawn (Jn 20:1–18, 1 Cor 15:1–11)

April, 16, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

Everyone look at the person on your right. Now, everyone look to the person on your left. They’re alive, right? … Are they alive? … Ok, good. Now, everyone take in a deep breath. Besides that breath, you’re about to go eat breakfast, right? So, you’re alive, too, then. Are you alive? …

That’s how it is with Jesus. He was alive, and then He wasn’t, then He was. At the time of His choosing, He said, “It is finished,” and breathed His last. On the cross His heart stopped. He was dead. Then three days later, He was alive again. Life returned to His lifeless, 3 day dead body. He wasn’t a zombie. His heart beat again.

He’s alive. Just like you are and the people sitting next to you. That’s our Easter joy! In fact, it’s even better than Jesus being alive like us because

RIGHT NOW JESUS IS EVEN MORE ALIVE THAN YOU ARE. Continue reading

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Easter 7C (Jn 17:20–26)

May 8, 2016
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

Well, the Easter season is basically over. It’s our last Sunday in Easter. Seven weeks of extra rejoicing in our Lord’s resurrection. This past Thursday we celebrated our Lord’s Ascension. There is now a man on the eternal throne of power and glory! Such joy! The Christ candle, which symbolizes the Lord’s Resurrection presence among His disciples, has been extinguished. He’s ascended! But today we still have joy. Our Lord Jesus speaks such a beautiful Word in our Gospel text. ”That all may be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me…The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.” It’s beautiful. ”That the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” But this isn’t just nice sounding language. It’s very serious business. It’s not unity as in getting along. It’s not unity like the world has it, or like we would have it: “agree to disagree.” Ignoring differences isn’t what Jesus has in mind here. Jesus has a simple message for us today:

TRUE UNITY IS FOUND IN CHRIST THROUGH HIS WORD. Continue reading

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Easter 5C (Jn 16:12–22)

April 24, 2016
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

Easter continues! It’s not just something that happened (Jesus rising from the dead), but it’s something that is for you. It can’t be taken from you. You’ve passed through the waters of Holy Baptism, and so you are united to Jesus’ resurrection. The Spirit filled you with Easter life on that day. He’s the downpayment and guarantee of resurrection on the Last Day. He’s the Lord and Giver of Life after all. Each Sunday we gather to receive and rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection as He comes to us with His Absolution, His Word, His body and blood. Easter isn’t just now either. Easter never ends. Easter is forever! We will rise from the dead to an Easter with Jesus. He was dead but now lives forever and we shall live with Him forever once after we, too, have been raised from the dead. Because Christ lives, never to die again, Easter always fills our hearts with joy, and because Jesus lives—right now He lives!—

NO ONE, NOTHING CAN TAKE AWAY YOUR EASTER JOY NOW AND FOREVER. Continue reading

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Easter 4C (Jn 10:22–30)

April 17, 2016
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

The crowd of Jews wanted to know, “Are you the Christ? Tell us plainly!” “Don’t be shy Jesus. Just tell us already! How much longer will you keep us in suspense? Inquiring minds want to know!” Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the whole world, and He is the Good Shepherd. Today, we hear what Jesus does as the Christ, what He does as the Good Shepherd. He tells us Himself! Jesus wants you to have comfort and consolation. He wants to give His sheep good things. He wants to lead them, to lead you by the still waters and green pastures. Let’s see what Good Shepherd Jesus is up to for you. Continue reading

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