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Laetare—Lent 4 (Jn 6:1–15)

Laetare—Lent 4 (Jn 6:1–15)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Rejoice! Laetare! We’ve lightened the Lenten purple to rose. We see the heart of Lent this week—the joy of it. Lent isn’t all about sadness, darkness, ashes, death. It is if you look at you, then only those things. That’s our trouble. We’re turned inward. If it’s not about me, I tend to not care, but Lent’s not about you or me. That’s where the joy comes in. Lent’s about Jesus. All eyes on Him—Him for you. With Jesus, eyes fixed on Him and His cross, there’s no mourning, there’s joy. We follow Him on His Calvary, salvation way. The royal banners forward go! Rejoice! “Rejoice with Jerusalem,” His Church, “all you who love her.” Rejoice! Laetare! Her King, your King is come! Continue reading

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Sermons

Laetare (Jn 6:1–15)

March 26, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Laetare: “Rejoice!” Today, we lighten our Lenten repentance. Easter can’t help but shine through just a little bit. So, our purple is lightened to pink, to rose because He rose from the dead. Laetare: “Rejoice,” “rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her.”

Rejoice! “The passover was near, a feast of the Jews.” Rejoice! Good Friday and Easter are near, just around the corner. Rejoice! “Jesus knew what He was going to do.” Not only feed the multitudes—certainly that, but He was going to do much more. He’s going to His cross. He’ll travel the Calvary way. He passes through cross, death, and grave. He’ll rise.

“He’s the Prophet, who’s coming into the world,” after all. He’s more than that! He’s King. The one, true King. He’s not just some ruler with the best health care program, the best AG program, the best tax plan, the best subsidy. No, none of those things. He’s not that sort of King, at all.

Yesterday, the Holy Christian Church remembered that He was conceived, His life and all life is precious and holy even at only two cells. Then He was born in בֵּת‫-לֶחֶם‬, Bethlehem, “House of Bread,” but He’s no “bread” King. He’s King of Calvary. “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”

Laetare! Jesus is King. Rejoice!

KING JESUS GOES THE CALVARY WAY. Continue reading

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