What Sins DID Jesus die for?

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Think about the question a bit before you go about answering.  We are most likely prone to say right away, my sin, all sin, coveting, murder, etc.  We go about broadly or narrowly answering the question.  While those answers are correct.  They do not do any favors for us hearers today.

What sins DID Jesus die for?  Well, if we read the Gospels closely, He died for the sin of healing on the Sabbath, raising the dead, touching lepers, the blind, the lame.  His sin was being the Lord of the Sabbath.  His Sin was being the Son of God.

It was the righteousness of men that judged the Son of God a sinner.  It was the righteousness of men that nailed Him to a cross.  We mocked Him, passed Him by, looked to our heritage.  It was Jewishness then, and maybe now it is our Americanness.

But the Father raised him up crushing the righteousness of Men and vindicating the righteousness of God and this man Jesus.  He is the righteous judge and not men.  He judges our needs.  And He says, “repent, the kingdom is at hand!”  Indeed it is.

We are in the Geisima Sundays now.  The walk toward Jerusalem is nearing its completion.  How is it that 21st century gentiles are included into the Kingdom of God, a promise for Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and Israel?  How is it that we get in too?

His own rejected Him.  They did not know Him.  The invitation of the King was rejected by those invited.  He was ready for a wedding feast, but the guests balked.  So the king sent out the messengers again with the invitation.  They called out in every street everywhere.  They gathered in all those they could find.  This is the Gospel of the Lord!  Praise be to thee O’ Christ.

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Desires for the Return

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I do not think it is strange that there are certain days we desire Jesus to return to judge more than others.  We are often blissfully ignorant of our own most grievous faults and therefore do not think about judgment at the return of Jesus at all.  That being the case, I was praying for Jesus to return and judge last night at about 2:30 a.m.  The girl who lives upstairs from us (I am not using the term neighbor intentionally.  Not that we are not her neighbors, but she is most certainly not ours) has been making noise and intoxicatedley walking about as if she were also carrying a gorilla on her back.  This is not a random incident either.

All of this has me praying for a call in May, a quick move, and a home with some land, but it has me praying even more for Jesus to return and Judge.

 

Jesus Authorizes Theological Preaching

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In the midst of writing and thinking about preaching in the Lutheran Church-MS I came to the conclusion that there are some preachers whose theology in preaching speaks of a God Christians do not claim.  Jesus authorizes theological preaching.  This seems like an obvious statement but sadly is one we need to hear.  Perhaps no one who reads this will need to be reminded of it but perhaps your nearby brethren do.

Jesus’ authorization to preach is rooted in Him.  He has authority from His Father to tell us men, preach to my people.  And tell them the story you have seen before your eyes.  Tell them of my work to do all God promised to your fathers.  Tell them of my life, death, resurrection, and ascension.  In this way He authorizes our theological preaching.   We are to speak for that God.  We are to speak in His name.  We are to give His gifts.  We are to tell His story.  And how we are caught up in that story.

Who is the God you preach?  What would your parishioners say?  Is He the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?  Is He the God Jesus prayed to and also the God Jesus is?  Jesus authorizes His Apostles to preach Theologically.  This is what we see in Acts.  They preach the Theology of the Cross.  They preach with a Trinitarian bent.  They preach as they are told and as they have witnessed.  How could we think to do better?

And yet we do.  Gadgetry and Boredom seem to fill too many sermons rather than Theology.  Theology seems to have ended for some.  I am not sure what assumptions or lies have led to this being the case.  This is a problem.