Sermons

Te Deum Friday Matins (Lk 1:46–55)

July 17, 2015
AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

(5. Oops!:) We’ve all been at the receiving end of broken promises.

We’re actually so used to it that we don’t even realize how often we experience broken promises. Big ones. Small ones. “Hey! I’ll text you later.” “I’ll be there at 6.” You’d think that all the little broken promises would make the big ones easier to handle. But they don’t. Big broken promises hurt. “I promise I’ll be at your party. I wouldn’t miss it for anything.” “I’ll help you with your project. Don’t worry about it.” Then the one person you wanted there, who’d promised to be there, wasn’t. You did the work on your own. They didn’t text you, weren’t there at 6. Continue reading

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Crucified Closing Divine Service (Jn 12:20–33)

INI + AMEN.

Well, it’s pretty much over, isn’t it? The appointed end has come. The week is winding down. People from all over the nation and even the known world gathered together. The time is run short. Perhaps new friendships were made during that time. Maybe old friends saw each other again. There’s fun and games. Small groups enjoying the Word and fellowship, and, when it’s all over, there’s the long trip back home. It’s all come down to this. Nothing is left undone. Everything’s been packed up nicely. Well, everything except one thing: It was His time. It was high time for Him to be glorified. He had been waiting for it, but now “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.” It’s the reason He’s come from the Father. It’s the reason He’s at the Passover Feast. He’s come to be seen in His glory. Jesus reveals Himself. He wants you to see Him this way: There!—behold Him! Crucified! He wages the glorious battle there for you. A crown becomes the Victor’s brow. There He enters His glory, He sits upon His throne, suffering, sighing, bleeding, dying, crucified for you. That’s His glory. It’s His only glory. That’s the only glory that saves you, and

JESUS WANTS YOU TO SEE HIS GLORY, THAT IS, HIS BEING CRUCIFIED AND RAISED FOR YOU.

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