Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pentecost 3

Readings: Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28; Psalm 4; Romans 3:21-28 (primary sermon text); and Matthew 7:15-29.
We have God's Word to tell us what happened and why things are the way they are. We are guided by that same Word; see, for example, the Old Testament reading that describes how and when we are to meditate on His precepts that He passed down - both the blessing and the curse - in His holy Word. Those who are not built on it will fall (see Gospel reading). The only two ways are those of rock and sand, blessing and curse, Christ and Satan.

God writes off no sin. Each must be paid for. How? By Christ our propitiation. "For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from observing the law."

We await God's heavenly kingdom, the kingdom of a good and gracious God who is at the same time perfectly just. We have it only because Christ suffered and died on the cross for us and rose for us.
For a substitute sermon at very short notice, Pastor S did an even better job than he normally does (besides having been my confirmation pastor). Pastor R (other pastor) had back spasms today. Please pray for him.


Elephantschild said...

One of the most wonderful things about the Lectionary is the fun I get out of going online Sunday and Monday and seeing how all these different pastors all over the country handled the very same readings.

Very cool.

Hannah said...

Yes! (Yay for the LSB!)