Romans, Lesson 26: What Those in Christ Have

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The stronger brother is chided not to abuse his Christian freedom toward the weaker brother (Romans 14:13-21), for what does not proceed from faith is sin (Romans 14:23).  Apart from faith, everything a person does is tainted with sin and, thus, not perfect enough to merit anything before God.  So, we turn to Christ to […]

Luke 19:41-48: Jesus, the Incarnate Temple, Brings True Peace

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Jeri was breathtakingly beautiful. All the men wanted to be with her, and all the women wanted to be her. But more than that, she was intelligent and industrious. She also had the best husband in the world, someone who was faithful, loyal, and caring, someone who sacrificed for her. Jeri’s husband made sure that […]

John 20:19-23: Jesus Still Speaks His Forgiveness Today

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The Lenten season is finished.  And yet, we don’t move on to something better, even though we have broken our Lenten fast with the Easter feast.  For what can be better for us than Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes our sins away? In our Gospel reading, we find Jesus still fresh from […]

John, Lesson 16: Jesus and the Holy Spirit

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As we continue making our way through John, we still find ourselves on the Thursday evening before Jesus’ death on Friday.  Jesus is teaching His disciples what they need to know, for He will soon leave them.   The work of the Holy Spirit (16:4b-15) Read John 16:4b-11 The life of Christ would remain in the […]

The Office of the Holy Ministry: John 20:19-31

The Hands of Jesus

When Jesus speaks His divine peace to His disciples, He shows them His wounds He received on the cross.  For Jesus, the crucified One, is now risen from the dead.  He is the Messiah–and His wounds prove it. But Thomas denied what he hadn’t experienced.  Instead, Thomas demanded a religious experience of his own choosing […]