Oculi—Lent 3 (Lk 11:14–23)

Oculi—My Eyes (Lk 11:14–23)

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


((5. Oops!: The devil wants silence.))

The devil wants silence. He wants to silence God. He wants to silence you. To do it he speaks, he lies. His lies kill. His word creates unfaith, undoes God’s good creation. It’s why he speaks. It’s why he does anything.

He wants to silence God. He doesn’t want people, doesn’t want you to hear the Gospel. He doesn’t want anyone to hear about Jesus’ death and resurrection for them. That message sends the devil packing, and so it must be silenced. He doesn’t want people reading their Bibles. He doesn’t want people to be baptized, to hear that they are thus beloved children of God, “with whom I am well pleased,” as the Father says. He doesn’t want faithful pastors who will preach the Gospel, who will absolve sinners of their sins. He doesn’t want you to receive Jesus’ body and blood. Any day the Words of Institution are silent is a good day for the devil. Continue reading