Sermons

Quinquagesima (1 Cor 13; Lk 18:31-43)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

“Whenever what is finished comes, then what is partial will be brought to nothing.”

INI + AMEN.

Faith trusts Jesus. Faith looks to Him alone and not what we do or our own love. Apart from Christ we are blind. Without Him we’re nothing. No Jesus, no faith. Faith alone saves because faith is trust that Jesus alone saves you by His death and resurrection.

Faith isn’t perfected by your love. Faith doesn’t save you because love for your neighbor is also present. Trusting Jesus, your Savior, alone saves you and makes you right with God. He is all in all, not you and not your love. Otherwise you’d have something to boast in—your love. Continue reading

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Sermons

Quinquagesima (Lk 18:31–43)

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

INI + AMEN.

Jesus predicts His Lent for you, His passion for you, His suffering and death for you. We’re just a few days shy of Lent, and Jesus is already ahead of the game. He’s on His way. We’re going with Him. But that’s not all! 3 days from Ash Wednesday, we’re about 50 days—quinquagesima—from Easter. He predicts that too: His empty tomb for you.

Jesus does His Lent-ing and His Easter-ing for you, and faith alone clings to what Jesus has done. Jesus of Nazareth alone goes the Calvary way. He knows the Way. He sees the way. It’s the lonely way. He’ll only be surrounded by those who mock Him, treat Him shamefully, spit upon Him, beat Him, and kill Him. He goes the Kingly way. Jesus of Nazareth, is “the son of David,” the King of the Jews.

He goes on to Jerusalem. Of course He does! Just like any other king. The Son of David’s throne is there, and He’s the promised One who must ascend that throne. But not like any other king—He’s the Son of Man, the Messiah, the Son of God. “In lowly pomp He will ride on to die”—His Lent for you. Not like any other King—He’s come to die.

MERCIFUL KING JESUS SETS HIS SIGHT ON JERUSALEM. Continue reading

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