Sermons

Holy Thursday (Jn 13:1–15, 34–35)

April 13, 2017
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Love. That’s what the Christian faith is all about: love toward God (that’s faith) and love toward those around you. Love—true love. Not what the world peddles as love. Love isn’t chemistry. It’s not physical attraction. But love is “the kind of thing that money just can’t buy.”

Love. Jesus’ love. It’s otherworldly love. Out of His great love for you and other sinners,” “He purchased and won you from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.”

That’s Jesus’ love. He makes the first move. What’s the song? “Love came down at Christmas.” But that’s only half the story. We’re in the thick of the story now. Lent. Holy Week. Holy Thursday. Jesus. Love. Body and Blood. This is the point.

JESUS’ LOVE IS LIVED AND DELIVERED. Continue reading

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Sermons

Holy Thursday (Jn 13:1–17, 31b–35; 1 Cor 11:23–32)

March 24, 2016
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Here we are deep in holy week, and there’s white on the altar? Really? Holy Week is like Lent on steroids. More repentance. More sorrow for sin. We’ve already put away our alleluias, we’ve put away our “Glory be to God on High,” and because it’s such a solemn time we don’t even say our “Glory be to the Father.” But not tonight. As good Lutherans, we just can’t help ourselves. Doing these things are good. They help teach the faith. So why lay some of them aside? Well, it all comes down to what we celebrate tonight! It’s all about what Jesus gives us. What sorrow can we have with a gift that some call Eucharist, that is, “Thanksgiving”? Jesus delivers His own body and blood. That’s what were given to expect and receive from the Lord. It’s how our Lord serves us, and when our Lord serves and we receive His service, we then know Him as He is.

YOU KNOW GOD PERFECTLY BY BEING ON THE RECEIVING END OF JESUS’ SERVING. Continue reading

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