THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD

(30 May 2019)

Acts 1:1–11; Psalm 47:1–9; Ephesians 1:15–23; Luke 24:44–53

Entrance: LSB 532 The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

Of the Day: LSB 491 Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels

Offertory: LSB 529 Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus

Distribution: LSB 493 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

LSB 494 See, the Lord Ascends in Triumph

Closing: LSB 339 Lift Up Your Heads, You Everlasting Doors

Christ Ascended Is with You Always

In His resurrection, the Lord Jesus presented Himself alive to the apostles, “appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). Then He ascended to the right hand of the Father, not orphaning His Church, but filling all things in heaven and on earth, and giving gifts to His disciples. So today, He continues to preach “repentance and forgiveness of sins” (Luke 24:47) through “the apostles whom he had chosen” (Acts 1:2), even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus comes among us today by His Word and Spirit, whom He pours out upon “the church, which is his body” (Eph. 1:22–23). In His Church, He blesses us with forgiveness, lifts us up in His hands and seats us with Himself “in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:20).


Courtesy: LCMS


Encore: Worldview Everlasting – It is, like, Totally Necessary (Luke 24:36-49)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Luke 24 and then some. Luke 24:36-49


Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Ascension — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 56:26, 51.9 MB, 2016-May-02)


Encore: Lectionary Podcast - Ascension - Series B & C

Dr. Arthur A. Just, Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading from the Greek text


Luke 24:44–53 (SBLGNT)

44 Εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς· Οὗτοι οἱ λόγοι μου οὓς ἐλάλησα πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔτι ὢν σὺν ὑμῖν, ὅτι δεῖ πληρωθῆναι πάντα τὰ γεγραμμένα ἐν τῷ νόμῳ Μωϋσέως καὶ προφήταις καὶ ψαλμοῖς περὶ ἐμοῦ.

45 τότε διήνοιξεν αὐτῶν τὸν νοῦν τοῦ συνιέναι τὰς γραφάς,

46 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι οὕτως γέγραπται παθεῖν τὸν χριστὸν καὶ ἀναστῆναι ἐκ νεκρῶν τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ,

47 καὶ κηρυχθῆναι ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ μετάνοιαν καὶ ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη— ἀρξάμενοι ἀπὸ Ἰερουσαλήμ·

48 ὑμεῖς ἐστε μάρτυρες τούτων.

49 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἐξαποστέλλω τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν τοῦ πατρός μου ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς· ὑμεῖς δὲ καθίσατε ἐν τῇ πόλει ἕως οὗ ἐνδύσησθε ἐξ ὕψους δύναμιν.

50 Ἐξήγαγεν δὲ αὐτοὺς ἕως πρὸς Βηθανίαν, καὶ ἐπάρας τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῦ εὐλόγησεν αὐτούς.

51 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ εὐλογεῖν αὐτὸν αὐτοὺς διέστη ἀπʼ αὐτῶν [καὶ ἀνεφέρετο εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν].

52 καὶ αὐτοὶ [προσκυνήσαντες αὐτὸν] ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ μετὰ χαρᾶς μεγάλης,

53 καὶ ἦσαν διὰ παντὸς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ εὐλογοῦντες τὸν θεόν.


Literal Translation

Luke 24:44-53

(44) And He said to them, These are the Words which I spoke to you yet being with you, that all the things must be fulfilled having been written in the Law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms, concerning Me.

(45) Then He opened up their mind to understand the Scriptures,

(46) and said to them, So it is written, and so the Christ must suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day. No OT passage

(47) And repentance and remission of sins must be preached on His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

(48) And you are witnesses of these things.

(49) And, behold, I send forth the promise of My Father on you. But you sit in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.

(50) He led them out as far as to Bethany. And lifting up His hands, He blessed them.

(51) And it happened as He blessed them, He withdrew from them and was carried into Heaven.

(52) And worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

(53) and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.



In this Gottescast, The Gottesdienst Crowd discusses the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord. Ben Ball (pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, IL) joins us for the discussion.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

(26 May 2019)

Acts 16:9-15; Ps. 67:1-7; Rev 21:9-14, 21-27; John 16:23-33 or John 5:1-9

Entrance: LSB 474 Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen

Of the Day: LSB 556 Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice

Offertory: LSB 671 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

Distribution: LSB 766 Our Father, Who from Heaven Above

LSB 769 Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ

Closing: LSB 680 Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise

We Pray to the Father in Jesus’ Name

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus has opened the way to the Father so that “whatever you ask of the Father” in Jesus’ name, “he will give it to you” (John 16:23). We pray, therefore, in the confidence that we will be heard and answered, that our “joy may be full” (John 16:24). We pray because the Gospel has been preached to us and the Lord has opened our hearts to believe the Gospel (Acts 16:10, 14). We pray in the name of Jesus because we have been baptized into Him, as Lydia and her household were baptized (Acts 16:15). We have been healed, and we live and walk and pray in newness of life (John 5:8-9). For we stand upon the firm foundation “of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:14), and our temple is “the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb” (Rev. 21:22).


Encore: Worldview Everlasting – Greater Greatest Greaterestestest (John 16:23-33)

This Greek Tuesday takes on John 16:23-33, but you'll want to have your Bible with you to follow along because Pastor Fisk takes you on a whirlwind tour of the previous three chapters as well to set it all in context.


Encore: Worldview Everlasting – The Fix: A Shining City (Rev. 21:9-27)

We look forward to the life of the world to come. But that life is not for everyone.


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Dr. Carl Fickenscher

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Encore: Lectionary Podcast - Easter 6 - Series C - John 16:23-33 with Dr. David Scaer

Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses one of the Gospel readings for Easter 6.


John 16:23-33 (SBLGNT)

23 καὶ ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐμὲ οὐκ ἐρωτήσετε οὐδέν· ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἄν τι αἰτήσητε τὸν πατέρα δώσει ὑμῖν ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί μου.

24 ἕως ἄρτι οὐκ ᾐτήσατε οὐδὲν ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί μου· αἰτεῖτε καὶ λήμψεσθε, ἵνα ἡ χαρὰ ὑμῶν ᾖ πεπληρωμένη.

25 Ταῦτα ἐν παροιμίαις λελάληκα ὑμῖν· ἔρχεται ὥρα ὅτε οὐκέτι ἐν παροιμίαις λαλήσω ὑμῖν ἀλλὰ παρρησίᾳ περὶ τοῦ πατρὸς ἀπαγγελῶ ὑμῖν.

26 ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί μου αἰτήσεσθε, καὶ οὐ λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἐγὼ ἐρωτήσω τὸν πατέρα περὶ ὑμῶν·

27 αὐτὸς γὰρ ὁ πατὴρ φιλεῖ ὑμᾶς, ὅτι ὑμεῖς ἐμὲ πεφιλήκατε καὶ πεπιστεύκατε ὅτι ἐγὼ παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον.

28 ἐξῆλθον ἐκ τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ ἐλήλυθα εἰς τὸν κόσμον· πάλιν ἀφίημι τὸν κόσμον καὶ πορεύομαι πρὸς τὸν πατέρα.

29 Λέγουσιν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ· Ἴδε νῦν ἐν παρρησίᾳ λαλεῖς, καὶ παροιμίαν οὐδεμίαν λέγεις.

30 νῦν οἴδαμεν ὅτι οἶδας πάντα καὶ οὐ χρείαν ἔχεις ἵνα τίς σε ἐρωτᾷ· ἐν τούτῳ πιστεύομεν ὅτι ἀπὸ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθες.

31 ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς Ἰησοῦς· Ἄρτι πιστεύετε;

32 ἰδοὺ ἔρχεται ὥρα καὶ ἐλήλυθεν ἵνα σκορπισθῆτε ἕκαστος εἰς τὰ ἴδια κἀμὲ μόνον ἀφῆτε· καὶ οὐκ εἰμὶ μόνος, ὅτι ὁ πατὴρ μετʼ ἐμοῦ ἐστιν.

33 ταῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν ἵνα ἐν ἐμοὶ εἰρήνην ἔχητε· ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ θλῖψιν ἔχετε, ἀλλὰ θαρσεῖτε, ἐγὼ νενίκηκα τὸν κόσμον.


Literal Translation

John 16:23-33

(23) And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give you.

(24) Until now you asked nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be full.

(25) I have spoken these things to you in allegories. An hour comes when I will no longer speak to you in allegories, but I will reveal the Father plainly to you.

(26) In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not tell you that I will petition the Father about you;

(27) for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.

(28) I came out from the Father and have come into the world; I leave the world again and go to the Father.

(29) His disciples said to Him, Behold, now You speak plainly and You say no allegory.

(30) Now we know that You know all things and have no need that anyone question You. By this we believe that You came out from God.

(31) Jesus answered them, Do you believe now?

(32) Behold, an hour is coming, and now has come, that you are scattered, each one to his own things, and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

(33) I have spoken these things to you that you may have peace in Me. You have distress in the world; but be encouraged, I have overcome the world.



John 5:1–9 (SBLGNT)

1 Μετὰ ταῦτα ἦν ἑορτὴ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, καὶ ἀνέβη Ἰησοῦς εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα.

2 ἔστιν δὲ ἐν τοῖς Ἱεροσολύμοις ἐπὶ τῇ προβατικῇ κολυμβήθρα ἡ ἐπιλεγομένη Ἑβραϊστὶ Βηθεσδά, πέντε στοὰς ἔχουσα·

3 ἐν ταύταις κατέκειτο πλῆθος τῶν ἀσθενούντων, τυφλῶν, χωλῶν, ξηρῶν.

5 ἦν δέ τις ἄνθρωπος ἐκεῖ τριάκοντα ὀκτὼ ἔτη ἔχων ἐν τῇ ἀσθενείᾳ αὐτοῦ·

6 τοῦτον ἰδὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς κατακείμενον, καὶ γνοὺς ὅτι πολὺν ἤδη χρόνον ἔχει, λέγει αὐτῷ· Θέλεις ὑγιὴς γενέσθαι;

7 ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ ὁ ἀσθενῶν· Κύριε, ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἔχω ἵνα ὅταν ταραχθῇ τὸ ὕδωρ βάλῃ με εἰς τὴν κολυμβήθραν· ἐν ᾧ δὲ ἔρχομαι ἐγὼ ἄλλος πρὸ ἐμοῦ καταβαίνει.

8 λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἔγειρε ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει.

9 καὶ εὐθέως ἐγένετο ὑγιὴς ὁ ἄνθρωπος καὶ ἦρε τὸν κράβαττον αὐτοῦ καὶ περιεπάτει. Ἦν δὲ σάββατον ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ.


Literal Translation (Courtesy: E-Sword)

1 After these things, there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 And at Jerusalem is a pool at the Sheep Gate which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.

3 In these was a great multitude of the infirm lying, blind ones, lame ones, withered ones, [[awaiting the stirring of the water.

4 For an angel at a certain time descended in the pool and agitated the water. Then the one first entering after the agitation of the water became well, whatever disease he was held by.]]

5 But a certain man was there, being in infirmity thirty eight years.

6 Seeing him lying, and knowing that he had already spent much time, Jesus said to him, Do you desire to become well?

7 The infirm one answered Him, Lord, I do not have a man, that when the water is agitated he may throw me into the pool; but while I am coming, another goes down before me.

8 Jesus said to him, Rise up, Take up your cot and walk!

9 And instantly the man became well, and took up his cot and walked. And it was a sabbath that day.



 

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter

(19 May 2019)

Acts 11:1-18; Ps. 148:1-14 ; Rev 21:1-7; John 16:12-22 or John 13:31-35

Entrance: LSB 837 Lift High the Cross

Of the Day: LSB 510 A Multitude Comes from the East and the West

Offertory: LSB 597 Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying

Distribution: LSB 633 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

LSB 768 To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray

Closing: LSB 818 In Thee Is Gladness

Jesus Turns Sorrow into Joy

On earth “you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20). Already the Spirit grants you peace and joy through the forgiveness of your sins. For by the cross of Christ, “God has granted repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18). His Gospel is “a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household” (Acts 11:14). He gives freely “from the spring of the water of life” (Rev. 21:6), “and death shall be no more” (Rev. 21:4). He dwells with His people, adorning His Church as a bride for her husband, “making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). Therefore, as the Son of Man is glorified by His cross, “and God is glorified in him” (John 13:31), so He is glorified in us by our “love for one another” (John 13:35), which His Spirit works in us by His grace.

 


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Worldview Everlasting – It's, like, God, man. (John 16:12-22)

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Worldview Everlasting – A New Munchkin I Give You (John 13:31-35)

This Greek Tuesday takes on John 13:31-35 and the new reality that Jesus creates. Is it all about love? Or is it all about Jesus?


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Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:10, 52.5 MB, 2016-Apr-18)


Lectionary Podcast - Easter 5 - Series C - John 16:12-22 with Dr. David Scaer

Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading for Easter 5.


John 16:12-22 (SBLGNT)

12 Ἔτι πολλὰ ἔχω ὑμῖν λέγειν, ἀλλʼ οὐ δύνασθε βαστάζειν ἄρτι·

13 ὅταν δὲ ἔλθῃ ἐκεῖνος, τὸ πνεῦμα τῆς ἀληθείας, ὁδηγήσει ὑμᾶς ἐν τῇ ἀληθείᾳ πάσῃ, οὐ γὰρ λαλήσει ἀφʼ ἑαυτοῦ, ἀλλʼ ὅσα ἀκούσει λαλήσει, καὶ τὰ ἐρχόμενα ἀναγγελεῖ ὑμῖν.

14 ἐκεῖνος ἐμὲ δοξάσει, ὅτι ἐκ τοῦ ἐμοῦ λήμψεται καὶ ἀναγγελεῖ ὑμῖν.

15 πάντα ὅσα ἔχει ὁ πατὴρ ἐμά ἐστιν· διὰ τοῦτο εἶπον ὅτι ἐκ τοῦ ἐμοῦ λαμβάνει καὶ ἀναγγελεῖ ὑμῖν.

16 Μικρὸν καὶ οὐκέτι θεωρεῖτέ με, καὶ πάλιν μικρὸν καὶ ὄψεσθέ με.

17 εἶπαν οὖν ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ πρὸς ἀλλήλους· Τί ἐστιν τοῦτο ὃ λέγει ἡμῖν· Μικρὸν καὶ οὐ θεωρεῖτέ με, καὶ πάλιν μικρὸν καὶ ὄψεσθέ με; καί· Ὅτι ὑπάγω πρὸς τὸν πατέρα;

18 ἔλεγον οὖν· Τί ἐστιν τοῦτο ὃ λέγει μικρόν; οὐκ οἴδαμεν τί λαλεῖ.

19 ἔγνω Ἰησοῦς ὅτι ἤθελον αὐτὸν ἐρωτᾶν, καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Περὶ τούτου ζητεῖτε μετʼ ἀλλήλων ὅτι εἶπον· Μικρὸν καὶ οὐ θεωρεῖτέ με, καὶ πάλιν μικρὸν καὶ ὄψεσθέ με;

20 ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι κλαύσετε καὶ θρηνήσετε ὑμεῖς, ὁ δὲ κόσμος χαρήσεται· ὑμεῖς λυπηθήσεσθε, ἀλλʼ ἡ λύπη ὑμῶν εἰς χαρὰν γενήσεται.

21 ἡ γυνὴ ὅταν τίκτῃ λύπην ἔχει, ὅτι ἦλθεν ἡ ὥρα αὐτῆς· ὅταν δὲ γεννήσῃ τὸ παιδίον, οὐκέτι μνημονεύει τῆς θλίψεως διὰ τὴν χαρὰν ὅτι ἐγεννήθη ἄνθρωπος εἰς τὸν κόσμον.

22 καὶ ὑμεῖς οὖν νῦν μὲν λύπην ἔχετε· πάλιν δὲ ὄψομαι ὑμᾶς, καὶ χαρήσεται ὑμῶν ἡ καρδία, καὶ τὴν χαρὰν ὑμῶν οὐδεὶς αἴρει ἀφʼ ὑμῶν.


Literal Translation

John 16:12-22

(12) I have yet many things to tell you, but you are not able to bear now.

(13) But when that One comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you into all Truth, for He will not speak from Himself, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will announce the coming things to you.

(14) That One will glorify Me, for He will receive from Mine and will announce to you.

(15) All things which the Father has are Mine. For this reason I said that He receives from Mine, and will announce to you.

(16) A little while and you do not see Me. And again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go away to the Father.

(17) Then His disciples said to one another, What is this which He says to us, A little while, and you do not see me; and again, A little and you will see Me? And, Because I go away to the Father?

(18) Then they said, What is this that He says, The little? We do not know what He says.

(19) Then Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him. And He said to them, Do you seek answers with one another concerning this, because I said, A little while, and you do not see Me; and again a little and you will see Me?

(20) Truly, truly, I say to you that you will weep and will lament, but the world will rejoice. And you will be grieved, but your grief will become joy.

(21) The woman has grief when she bears, because her hour came, but when she brings forth the child, she no longer remembers the distress, because of the joy that a man was born into the world.

(22) And you, then, truly have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one takes your joy from you.


John 13:31-35 (SBLGNT)

31 Ὅτε οὖν ἐξῆλθεν λέγει Ἰησοῦς· Νῦν ἐδοξάσθη ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, καὶ ὁ θεὸς ἐδοξάσθη ἐν αὐτῷ·

32 εἰ ὁ θεὸς ἐδοξάσθη ἐν αὐτῷ, καὶ ὁ θεὸς δοξάσει αὐτὸν ἐν αὑτῷ, καὶ εὐθὺς δοξάσει αὐτόν.

33 τεκνία, ἔτι μικρὸν μεθʼ ὑμῶν εἰμι· ζητήσετέ με, καὶ καθὼς εἶπον τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις ὅτι Ὅπου ἐγὼ ὑπάγω ὑμεῖς οὐ δύνασθε ἐλθεῖν, καὶ ὑμῖν λέγω ἄρτι.

34 ἐντολὴν καινὴν δίδωμι ὑμῖν ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους, καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους.

35 ἐν τούτῳ γνώσονται πάντες ὅτι ἐμοὶ μαθηταί ἐστε, ἐὰν ἀγάπην ἔχητε ἐν ἀλλήλοις.


Literal Translation

John 13:31-35

(31) Then when he had gone out, Jesus said, Now the Son of Man was glorified, and God was glorified in Him.

(32) If God was glorified in Him, God also will glorify Him in Himself, and immediately will glorify Him.

(33) Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me; and, as I said to the Jews, Where I go, you are not able to come; I also say to you now.

(34) I give a new commandment to you, that you should love one another; according as I loved you, you should also love one another.

(35) By this all shall know that you are My disciples, if you have love among one another.



Pr. Brian Flamme, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell, New Mexico, joins host Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, Senior Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colorado, and author of the book, Has American Christianity Failed?, to discuss John 10.



Fourth Sunday of Easter

(12 May 2019)

Acts 20:17–35; Ps. 23:1-6; Rev 7:9–17; John 10:22–30

Entrance: LSB 475 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing

Of the Day: LSB 709 The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Offertory: LSB 949 Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship

Distribution: LSB 740 I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb

LSB 711 Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us

Closing: LSB 672 Jerusalem, the Golden

The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came from the Father and became flesh among us in order to rescue us, His sheep. He laid down His life for us and took it up again in order to give us eternal life. By the preaching of His Gospel, He calls His sheep to Himself and keeps them with Him forever. As they hear His voice and follow Him, “they will never perish” (John 10:28), for “no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:29). In the same way, faithful pastors (literally, “shepherds”) “care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28), “testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Therefore, with all the company of heaven, the Good Shepherd gathers His flock in worship, as they cry: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:10).


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Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Good Shepherd - Dr. Carl Fickenscher - Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

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Lectionary Podcast - Easter 4 - Series C - John 10:22-30 with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading.


John 10:22-30 (SBLGNT)

22 Ἐγένετο τότε τὰ ἐγκαίνια ἐν τοῖς Ἱεροσολύμοις· χειμὼν ἦν, 

23 καὶ περιεπάτει ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ ἐν τῇ στοᾷ τοῦ Σολομῶνος. 

24 ἐκύκλωσαν οὖν αὐτὸν οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι καὶ ἔλεγον αὐτῷ· Ἕως πότε τὴν ψυχὴν ἡμῶν αἴρεις; εἰ σὺ εἶ ὁ χριστός, εἰπὲ ἡμῖν παρρησίᾳ. 

25 ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Εἶπον ὑμῖν καὶ οὐ πιστεύετε· τὰ ἔργα ἃ ἐγὼ ποιῶ ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ πατρός μου ταῦτα μαρτυρεῖ περὶ ἐμοῦ· 

26 ἀλλὰ ὑμεῖς οὐ πιστεύετε, ὅτι οὐκ ἐστὲ ἐκ τῶν προβάτων τῶν ἐμῶν. 

27 τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἐμὰ τῆς φωνῆς μου ἀκούουσιν, κἀγὼ γινώσκω αὐτά, καὶ ἀκολουθοῦσίν μοι, 

28 κἀγὼ δίδωμι αὐτοῖς ζωὴν αἰώνιον, καὶ οὐ μὴ ἀπόλωνται εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, καὶ οὐχ ἁρπάσει τις αὐτὰ ἐκ τῆς χειρός μου. 

29 ὁ πατήρ μου ὃ δέδωκέν μοι πάντων μεῖζων ἐστίν, καὶ οὐδεὶς δύναται ἁρπάζειν ἐκ τῆς χειρὸς τοῦ πατρός. 

30 ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἕν ἐσμεν.


Literal Translation

John 10:22-30

(22) And the Feast of Dedication took place in Jerusalem, and it was winter.

(23) And Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's Porch.

(24) Then the Jews encircled Him, and said to Him, Until when do You lift up our soul? If You are the Christ, tell us publicly.

(25) Jesus answered them, I told you, and you did not believe. The works which I do in the name of My Father, these bear witness about Me.

(26) But you do not believe for you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.

(27) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

(28) And I give eternal life to them, and they shall not perish to the age, never! And not anyone shall pluck them out of My hand.

(29) My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all, and no one is able to pluck out of My Father's hand.

(30) I and the Father are One!



Third Sunday of Easter

(05 May 2019)

Acts 9:1–22; Ps. 30:1-12; Rev 5:1–7, 8–14; John 21:1–14, 15–19

Entrance: LSB 483 With High Delight Let Us Unite

Of the Day: LSB 485 Long before the World Is Waking

Offertory: LSB 949 Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship

Distribution: LSB 517 By All Your Saints in Warfare (sts. 1, 12, 3)

LSB 339 Lift Up Your Heads, You Everlasting Doors

Closing: LSB 950 Splendor and Honor

The Good Shepherd Feeds His Lambs

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain” (Rev. 5:12), who by His cross has conquered sin and death. With His blood, He has “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9). This same Lord Jesus visits people of all nations and calls them to Himself by the Gospel, even as He “was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead” (John 21:14). He restored Simon Peter to faith and life, and He commissioned him to feed His lambs and tend His sheep (John 21:15–17). Likewise, He revealed Himself to Saul of Tarsus and brought him to repentance, so that the persecutor of Jesus might carry and confess His name “before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15).


Worldview Everlasting – The Fix: The Lamb at the Center (Revelation 5)

No Evangelical nonsense here, just the right keys to understanding Revelation.


Worldview Everlasting – Casting on the True Side of History (John 21:1-19)

It's Greek Tuesday! John 21:1-14 and 15-19. Boats, fishing, casting, truth. Lots of things happening, and all within actual history. Seriously. This actually happened.


Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Jesus Appears at the Sea of Galilee - Dr. Carl Fickenscher - Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2016-Apr-04)


Lectionary Podcast - Easter 3 - Series C - John 21:1–14 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading for Easter 3.


John 21:1-19 (SBLGNT)

1 Μετὰ ταῦτα ἐφανέρωσεν ἑαυτὸν πάλιν ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης τῆς Τιβεριάδος· ἐφανέρωσεν δὲ οὕτως.

2 ἦσαν ὁμοῦ Σίμων Πέτρος καὶ Θωμᾶς ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος καὶ Ναθαναὴλ ὁ ἀπὸ Κανὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας καὶ οἱ τοῦ Ζεβεδαίου καὶ ἄλλοι ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ δύο.

3 λέγει αὐτοῖς Σίμων Πέτρος· Ὑπάγω ἁλιεύειν· λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· Ἐρχόμεθα καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν σοί. ἐξῆλθον καὶ ἐνέβησαν εἰς τὸ πλοῖον, καὶ ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ νυκτὶ ἐπίασαν οὐδέν.

4 Πρωΐας δὲ ἤδη γενομένης ἔστη Ἰησοῦς εἰς τὸν αἰγιαλόν· οὐ μέντοι ᾔδεισαν οἱ μαθηταὶ ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν.

5 λέγει οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Παιδία, μή τι προσφάγιον ἔχετε; ἀπεκρίθησαν αὐτῷ· Οὔ.

6 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Βάλετε εἰς τὰ δεξιὰ μέρη τοῦ πλοίου τὸ δίκτυον, καὶ εὑρήσετε. ἔβαλον οὖν, καὶ οὐκέτι αὐτὸ ἑλκύσαι ἴσχυον ἀπὸ τοῦ πλήθους τῶν ἰχθύων.

7 λέγει οὖν ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ Ἰησοῦς τῷ Πέτρῳ· Ὁ κύριός ἐστιν. Σίμων οὖν Πέτρος, ἀκούσας ὅτι ὁ κύριός ἐστιν, τὸν ἐπενδύτην διεζώσατο, ἦν γὰρ γυμνός, καὶ ἔβαλεν ἑαυτὸν εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν·

8 οἱ δὲ ἄλλοι μαθηταὶ τῷ πλοιαρίῳ ἦλθον, οὐ γὰρ ἦσαν μακρὰν ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ἀλλὰ ὡς ἀπὸ πηχῶν διακοσίων, σύροντες τὸ δίκτυον τῶν ἰχθύων.

9 Ὡς οὖν ἀπέβησαν εἰς τὴν γῆν βλέπουσιν ἀνθρακιὰν κειμένην καὶ ὀψάριον ἐπικείμενον καὶ ἄρτον.

10 λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἐνέγκατε ἀπὸ τῶν ὀψαρίων ὧν ἐπιάσατε νῦν.

11 ἀνέβη οὖν Σίμων Πέτρος καὶ εἵλκυσεν τὸ δίκτυον εἰς τὴν γῆν μεστὸν ἰχθύων μεγάλων ἑκατὸν πεντήκοντα τριῶν· καὶ τοσούτων ὄντων οὐκ ἐσχίσθη τὸ δίκτυον.

12 λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Δεῦτε ἀριστήσατε. οὐδεὶς δὲ ἐτόλμα τῶν μαθητῶν ἐξετάσαι αὐτόν· Σὺ τίς εἶ; εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ κύριός ἐστιν.

13 ἔρχεται ὁ Ἰησοῦς καὶ λαμβάνει τὸν ἄρτον καὶ δίδωσιν αὐτοῖς, καὶ τὸ ὀψάριον ὁμοίως.

14 τοῦτο ἤδη τρίτον ἐφανερώθη ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς ἐγερθεὶς ἐκ νεκρῶν.

15 Ὅτε οὖν ἠρίστησαν λέγει τῷ Σίμωνι Πέτρῳ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Σίμων Ἰωάννου, ἀγαπᾷς με πλέον τούτων; λέγει αὐτῷ· Ναί, κύριε, σὺ οἶδας ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ· Βόσκε τὰ ἀρνία μου.

16 λέγει αὐτῷ πάλιν δεύτερον· Σίμων Ἰωάννου, ἀγαπᾷς με; λέγει αὐτῷ· Ναί, κύριε, σὺ οἶδας ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ· Ποίμαινε τὰ πρόβατά μου.

17 λέγει αὐτῷ τὸ τρίτον· Σίμων Ἰωάννου, φιλεῖς με; ἐλυπήθη ὁ Πέτρος ὅτι εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ τρίτον· Φιλεῖς με; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Κύριε, πάντα σὺ οἶδας, σὺ γινώσκεις ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Βόσκε τὰ πρόβατά μου.

18 ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω σοι, ὅτε ἦς νεώτερος, ἐζώννυες σεαυτὸν καὶ περιεπάτεις ὅπου ἤθελες· ὅταν δὲ γηράσῃς, ἐκτενεῖς τὰς χεῖράς σου, καὶ ἄλλος σε ζώσει καὶ οἴσει ὅπου οὐ θέλεις.

19 τοῦτο δὲ εἶπεν σημαίνων ποίῳ θανάτῳ δοξάσει τὸν θεόν. καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν λέγει αὐτῷ· Ἀκολούθει μοι.


Literal Translation

John 21:1-19

(1) After these things, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. And He revealed Himself this way:

(2) Simon Peter, and Thomas, being called Twin, and Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.

(3) Simon Peter said to them, I am going out to fish. They said to him, We also are coming with you. They went and entered into the boat at once. And in that night, they caught nothing.

(4) And it now becoming early morning, Jesus stood on the shore. However, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

(5) Then Jesus said to them, Children, do you not have anything to eat? They answered Him, No.

(6) And He said to them, Cast the net into the right side of the boat and you will find.

(7) Then they cast, and they no longer had the strength to draw, from the multitude of the fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord. Then hearing that it is the Lord, Simon Peter girded on his coat (for he was naked) and threw himself into the sea.

(8) And the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, only about two hundred cubits, dragging the net of the fish.

(9) Then when they went up on the land, they saw a coal fire lying, and a fish lying on it, and bread.

(10) Jesus said to them, Bring from the little fish which you caught now.

(11) Simon Peter went up and dragged the net onto the land, full of big fish, a hundred and fifty three. And though being so many, the net was not torn.

(12) Jesus said to them, Come, break fast. And no one of the disciples dared to ask Him, Who are You? knowing that it is the Lord.

(13) Then Jesus came and took the bread, and gave to them, and in the same way the little fish.

(14) This now is three times that Jesus was revealed to His disciples, He being raised from the dead.

(15) Then when they broke fast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs!

(16) Again He says to him, secondly, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? He says to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Shepherd My sheep!

(17) Thirdly, He said to him, Simon son of Jonah, do you love Me? Peter was grieved that He said to him a third time, Do you love Me? And he said to him, Lord, You perceive all things, You know that I love You! Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep!

(18) Truly, truly, I say to you, When you were younger, you girded yourself, and you walked where you desired. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you, and will carry you where you do not desire.

(19) But He said this signifying by what death he would glorify God. And having said this, He told him, Follow Me.



 

 

Second Sunday of Easter

(28 April 2019)

Acts 5:12–20, 21–32; Ps. 148; Rev 1:4–18; John 20:19–31

Entrance: LSB 487 Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain

Of the Day: LSB 471 O Sons and Daughters of the King

Offertory: LSB 506 Glory Be to God the Father

Distribution: LSB 472 These Things Did Thomas Count as Real;

LSB 720 We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight

Closing: LSB 917 Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise

That You May Believe and Have Life in His Name

On the Lord’s Day, St. John the Apostle was given a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. He is the Living One, “the firstborn of the dead” (Rev. 1:5). He died for all people, and behold, He is alive forevermore! Therefore, He has “the keys of Death and Hades” (Rev. 1:18). For His death atoned for sin and conquered death, and in His resurrection He opened the kingdom of heaven to us. The “sharp two-edged sword” of His mouth (Rev. 1:16) calls you to “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,” that by such faith “you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). To that end, He sends His ministers of the Word, as the Father sent Him, “to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31). 

 


Worldview Everlasting – Believing Office (John 20:19-31)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on John 20:19-31, with all the trappings that set you free. Rock on.


Worldview Everlasting – Genus Majestaticum!!!! (John 20:19-39)

Greek Tuesday, John 20:19-39; Doubting Calvin, Pagan Thomas, Aramaic Copulation, Jesus sticking his Side in You and more!


Lectionary Podcast - Easter 2 - Series C - John 20:19-31 - Dr. Walter Maier III

Dr. Walter Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Easter 2


John 20:19-31 (SBLGNT)

19 Οὔσης οὖν ὀψίας τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ τῇ μιᾷ σαββάτων, καὶ τῶν θυρῶν κεκλεισμένων ὅπου ἦσαν οἱ μαθηταὶ διὰ τὸν φόβον τῶν Ἰουδαίων, ἦλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς καὶ ἔστη εἰς τὸ μέσον, καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Εἰρήνη ὑμῖν. 

20 καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν ἔδειξεν τὰς χεῖρας καὶ τὴν πλευρὰν αὐτοῖς. ἐχάρησαν οὖν οἱ μαθηταὶ ἰδόντες τὸν κύριον. 

21 εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς πάλιν· Εἰρήνη ὑμῖν· καθὼς ἀπέσταλκέν με ὁ πατήρ, κἀγὼ πέμπω ὑμᾶς. 

22 καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν ἐνεφύσησεν καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Λάβετε πνεῦμα ἅγιον· 

23 ἄν τινων ἀφῆτε τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἀφέωνται αὐτοῖς· ἄν τινων κρατῆτε κεκράτηνται. 

24 Θωμᾶς δὲ εἷς ἐκ τῶν δώδεκα, ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος, οὐκ ἦν μετʼ αὐτῶν ὅτε ἦλθεν Ἰησοῦς. 

25 ἔλεγον οὖν αὐτῷ οἱ ἄλλοι μαθηταί· Ἑωράκαμεν τὸν κύριον. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἐὰν μὴ ἴδω ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτοῦ τὸν τύπον τῶν ἥλων καὶ βάλω τὸν δάκτυλόν μου εἰς τὸν τύπον τῶν ἥλων καὶ βάλω μου τὴν χεῖρα εἰς τὴν πλευρὰν αὐτοῦ, οὐ μὴ πιστεύσω. 

26 Καὶ μεθʼ ἡμέρας ὀκτὼ πάλιν ἦσαν ἔσω οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ Θωμᾶς μετʼ αὐτῶν. ἔρχεται ὁ Ἰησοῦς τῶν θυρῶν κεκλεισμένων, καὶ ἔστη εἰς τὸ μέσον καὶ εἶπεν· Εἰρήνη ὑμῖν. 

27 εἶτα λέγει τῷ Θωμᾷ· Φέρε τὸν δάκτυλόν σου ὧδε καὶ ἴδε τὰς χεῖράς μου, καὶ φέρε τὴν χεῖρά σου καὶ βάλε εἰς τὴν πλευράν μου, καὶ μὴ γίνου ἄπιστος ἀλλὰ πιστός. 

28 ἀπεκρίθη Θωμᾶς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ὁ κύριός μου καὶ ὁ θεός μου. 

29 λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ὅτι ἑώρακάς με πεπίστευκας; μακάριοι οἱ μὴ ἰδόντες καὶ πιστεύσαντες. 

30 Πολλὰ μὲν οὖν καὶ ἄλλα σημεῖα ἐποίησεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐνώπιον τῶν μαθητῶν, ἃ οὐκ ἔστιν γεγραμμένα ἐν τῷ βιβλίῳ τούτῳ· 

31 ταῦτα δὲ γέγραπται ἵνα πιστεύητε ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ, καὶ ἵνα πιστεύοντες ζωὴν ἔχητε ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ.


Literal Translation

John 20:19-31

(19) Then it being evening on that day, the first of the sabbaths, and the doors having been locked where the disciples were assembled because of fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, Peace to you.

(20) And saying this, He showed them His hands and side. Then seeing the Lord, the disciples rejoiced.

(21) Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you. As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.

(22) And saying this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.

(23) Of whomever you may remit the sins, they are remitted to them. Of whomever you hold, they have been held.

(24) But Thomas, one of the Twelve, the one called Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.

(25) Then the other disciples said to him, We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, Unless I see the mark of the nails in His hands, and thrust my finger into the mark of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe, never!

(26) And after eight days, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. The door having been locked, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said, Peace to you.

(27) Then He said to Thomas, Bring your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and thrust into My side, and be not unbelieving, but believing.

(28) And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God!

(29) Jesus said to him, Because you have seen Me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are the ones not seeing, and believing.

(30) Then truly Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book.

(31) But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.



Easter Sunrise

(21 April 2019)

Job 19:23–27; Ps. 118:15-29; 1 Cor 15:51–57; John 20:1–18

Of the Day: LSB 467 Awake My Heart with Gladness

Our Redeemer Lives!

In Adam, all die because all sin. The children of that first gardener have been driven out of Paradise and return to the dust whence they were taken. But now another Gardener has come, who has made His bed in the dust of the earth, and in His resurrection He has opened paradise for all the children of Adam. For “death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:54), and God “gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57). So we each confess that “my Redeemer lives” and “in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25, 26). As He has called us out of darkness into light and wiped away our tears, we behold Him now by faith and recognize His voice in the Gospel. We enter His tomb by the death of Holy Baptism, and we also share His resurrection. For as surely as He has risen, so we also one day “must rise from the dead” (John 20:9).


Easter Sunday

Is 65:17–25; Ps. 16; 1 Cor 15:19–26; Luke 24:1–12

Entrance: LSB 457 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Of the Day: LSB 458 Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

Offertory: LSB 459/460 Christ Is Arisen/Christians, to the Paschal Victim (Victimae Paschali)

Distribution: LSB 467 Awake, My Heart, with Gladness;

LSB 474 Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen

LSB 633 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

Closing: LSB 482 This Joyful Eastertide

Christ’s Resurrection Is the Firstfruits of the New Creation

The Lord has promised to “create new heavens and a new earth” (Is. 65:17), in which His people shall abide in peace and joy. That new creation has begun in the bodily resurrection of Christ Jesus. All the baptized belong to that new creation. Reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, they are “the offspring of the blessed of the Lord” (Is. 65:23). The Lord rejoices and is glad in them; He hears and answers their prayers. For “if in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19). But Christ Jesus has been raised, “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). We may be “perplexed about this” (Luke 24:4), perhaps even frightened and brought to our knees, because it seems like an “idle tale” (Luke 24:11). But faith clings to the Word of Christ and finds His resurrected body — not in the tomb, but in His Holy Supper.


Lectionary Podcast - Easter Sunday - Series C - Luke 24:1-12 - Dr. Arthur Just, Jr.

Dr. Arthur A. Just, Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Easter Sunday


Luke 24:1-12 (SBLGNT)

1 τῇ δὲ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων ὄρθρου βαθέως ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμα ἦλθονφέρουσαι ἃ ἡτοίμασαν ἀρώματα. 

2 εὗρον δὲ τὸν λίθον ἀποκεκυλισμένον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου, 

εἰσελθοῦσαι δὲ οὐχ εὗρον τὸ σῶμα. 

4 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ἀπορεῖσθαι αὐτὰς περὶ τούτου καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνδρες δύο ἐπέστησαν αὐταῖς ἐν ἐσθῆτι ἀστραπτούσῃ

5 ἐμφόβων δὲ γενομένων αὐτῶν καὶ κλινουσῶν τὰ πρόσωπα εἰς τὴν γῆν εἶπαν πρὸς αὐτάς· Τί ζητεῖτε τὸν ζῶντα μετὰ τῶν νεκρῶν; 

οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε, ἀλλὰ ἠγέρθη.μνήσθητε ὡς ἐλάλησεν ὑμῖν ἔτι ὢν ἐν τῇ Γαλιλαίᾳ, 

7 λέγων τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ὅτι δεῖ παραδοθῆναι εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων ἁμαρτωλῶν καὶ σταυρωθῆναι καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστῆναι. 

8 καὶ ἐμνήσθησαν τῶν ῥημάτων αὐτοῦ, 

9 καὶ ὑποστρέψασαι ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου ἀπήγγειλαν ταῦτα πάντα τοῖς ἕνδεκα καὶ πᾶσιν τοῖς λοιποῖς. 

10 ἦσαν δὲ ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ Μαρία καὶ Ἰωάννα καὶ Μαρία ἡ Ἰακώβου καὶ αἱ λοιπαὶ σὺν αὐταῖς· ἔλεγον πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστόλους ταῦτα. 

11 καὶ ἐφάνησαν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν ὡσεὶ λῆρος τὰ ῥήματα ταῦτα, καὶ ἠπίστουν αὐταῖς. 

12Ὁ δὲ Πέτρος ἀναστὰς ἔδραμεν ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον· καὶ παρακύψας βλέπει τὰ ὀθόνια μόνα· καὶ ἀπῆλθεν πρὸς αὑτὸν θαυμάζων τὸ γεγονός.


Literal Translation

Luke 24:1-12

(1) And the first of the sabbaths, while still very early, they came on the tomb, carrying spices which they prepared; and some were with them.

(2) And they found the stone having been rolled away from the tomb.

(3) And going in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

(4) And it happened, as they were perplexed about this, even behold, two men in shining clothing stood by them.

(5) And they becoming terrified, and bowing their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why do you seek the living with the dead?

(6) He is not here, but was raised. Remember how He spoke to you, yet being in Galilee,

(7) saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and to be crucified, and the third day to rise again.

(8) And they remembered His Words.

(9) And returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven, and to all the rest.

(10) And they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary mother of James, and the rest with them, who told these things to the apostles.

(11) And their words seemed like foolishness to them, and they did not believe them.

(12) But rising up, Peter ran to the tomb, and stooping down he saw the linen lying alone. And he went away wondering to himself at what had happened.



 

HOLY (MAUNDY) THURSDAY

HOLY (MAUNDY) THURSDAY

(18 April 2019)

Jer 31:31–34 or Ex 12:1–14; Ps. 116:12-19; Heb 10:15–25 or 1 Cor 11:23–32; Luke 22:7–20 or John 13:1–17, 31b–35

Entrance: LSB 563 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness

Of the Day: LSB 630 Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling

Offertory: LSB 574 Before the Throne of God Above

Distribution: LSB 617 O Lord, We Praise Thee

LSB 445 When You Woke That Thursday Morning

Closing: None

Let Us Love One Another, as Christ Jesus Has Loved Us

By Holy Baptism, “with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 10:22), we enter the holy place with Jesus. For Jesus is our Passover Lamb who has been sacrificed for us. He reclines at table with us and feeds us with His own flesh and blood: “the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain” (Heb. 10:20). In Christ, the Lord remembers us in mercy and remembers our sin no more; He forgives us all our iniquity (Jer. 31:34; Heb. 10:17). With such love, He “loved his own who were in the world,” and He even loves us “to the end” (John 13:1). As He washes us and feeds us in love, let us love one another, just as He has loved us (John 13:34).


Encore: The Liturgy of Holy Thursday – Pr. Will Weedon – Issues, Etc.

Pr. Will Weedon, director of Worship for the LCMS, St. Louis, Mo., discusses the Liturgy of Holy (Maundy) Thursday with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Mar-27)


Lectionary Podcast - Holy Thursday - Series C - Luke 22:7-20 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Holy Thursday


Luke 22:7-20 (SBLGNT)

7 Ἦλθεν δὲ ἡ ἡμέρα τῶν ἀζύμων, ᾗ ἔδει θύεσθαι τὸ πάσχα·

8 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν Πέτρον καὶ Ἰωάννην εἰπών· Πορευθέντες ἑτοιμάσατε ἡμῖν τὸ πάσχα ἵνα φάγωμεν.

9 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· Ποῦ θέλεις ἑτοιμάσωμεν;

10 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἰδοὺ εἰσελθόντων ὑμῶν εἰς τὴν πόλιν συναντήσει ὑμῖν ἄνθρωπος κεράμιον ὕδατος βαστάζων· ἀκολουθήσατε αὐτῷ εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν εἰς ἣν εἰσπορεύεται.

11 καὶ ἐρεῖτε τῷ οἰκοδεσπότῃ τῆς οἰκίας· Λέγει σοι ὁ διδάσκαλος· Ποῦ ἐστιν τὸ κατάλυμα ὅπου τὸ πάσχα μετὰ τῶν μαθητῶν μου φάγω;

12 κἀκεῖνος ὑμῖν δείξει ἀνάγαιον μέγα ἐστρωμένον· ἐκεῖ ἑτοιμάσατε.

13 ἀπελθόντες δὲ εὗρον καθὼς εἰρήκει αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἡτοίμασαν τὸ πάσχα.

14 Καὶ ὅτε ἐγένετο ἡ ὥρα, ἀνέπεσεν καὶ οἱ ἀπόστολοι σὺν αὐτῷ.

15 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς· Ἐπιθυμίᾳ ἐπεθύμησα τοῦτο τὸ πάσχα φαγεῖν μεθʼ ὑμῶν πρὸ τοῦ με παθεῖν·

16 λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐ μὴ φάγω αὐτὸ ἕως ὅτου πληρωθῇ ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ.

17 καὶ δεξάμενος ποτήριον εὐχαριστήσας εἶπεν· Λάβετε τοῦτο καὶ διαμερίσατε εἰς ἑαυτούς·

18 λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν, οὐ μὴ πίω ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν ἀπὸ τοῦ γενήματος τῆς ἀμπέλου ἕως οὗ ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ ἔλθῃ.

19 καὶ λαβὼν ἄρτον εὐχαριστήσας ἔκλασεν καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· Τοῦτό ἐστιν τὸ σῶμά μου [τὸ ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν διδόμενον· τοῦτο ποιεῖτε εἰς τὴν ἐμὴν ἀνάμνησιν.

20 καὶ τὸ ποτήριον ὡσαύτως μετὰ τὸ δειπνῆσαι, λέγων· Τοῦτο τὸ ποτήριον ἡ καινὴ διαθήκη ἐν τῷ αἵματί μου, τὸ ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν ἐκχυννόμενον].

Luke 22:7-20 (Literal)

(7) And the day of the Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover must be killed.

(8) And He sent Peter and John, saying, Having gone, prepare for us the Passover, that we may eat.

(9) And they said to Him, Where do You desire that we prepare?

(10) And He said to them, Behold, you going into the city, you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him into the house where he goes in.

(11) And you will say to the housemaster of that house, The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?

(12) And that one will show you a large upper room which he has spread. Prepare there.

(13) And having gone, they found as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

(14) And when the hour came, He reclined, and the twelve apostles with Him.

(15) And He said to them, With desire I desired to eat this Passover with you before My suffering.

(16) For I say to you that no more, I will not eat of it until when it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God, never!

(17) And taking a cup, giving thanks, He said, Take this and divide it among yourselves.

(18) For I say to you that I will not drink from the produce of the vine until the kingdom of God comes, never!

(19) And taking a loaf, giving thanks, He broke, and gave to them, saying, This is My body being given for you. This do to My remembrance.

(20) And in like manner the cup, after having supped, saying, This cup is the New Covenant in My blood, which is being poured out for you.


GOOD FRIDAY

GOOD FRIDAY

(19 April 2019)

Is 52:13–53:12; Ps. 22:1-31 or Ps. 31:1-24; Heb 4:14–16, 5:7–9; John 18:1-19:42 or John 19:17–30

Entrance: None

Of the Day: LSB 454: Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle

Distribution: None

Closing: None

Behold the Lamb of God, Who Takes Away the Sin of the World

Jesus, the Lamb of God, is led to the slaughter of His cross as the sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the world. “Despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3), He is the righteous Servant who justifies many by His innocent suffering and death. He bears our griefs and carries our sorrows; He is wounded for our transgressions; He is crushed for our iniquities; He suffers our chastisement, so that “with his wounds we are healed” (Is. 53:4–5). As the Son of God, He fulfills the Law for us in human flesh, and so fulfills the Scriptures (John 19:7, 24). In perfect faith and faithfulness, He shares all our weaknesses and temptations, “yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15), and as our merciful High Priest, He brings us to the Father in peace.


Encore: The Liturgy of Good Friday – Pr. Will Weedon – Issues, Etc.

Pr. Will Weedon, director of Worship for the LCMS, St. Louis, Mo., discusses the Liturgy of Good Friday with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:22, 23.2 MB, 2015-Mar-31)


Lectionary Podcast - Good Friday - Series C - John 19:17-30 with Dr. Walter Maier III

Dr. Walter Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Good Friday


John 19:17-30 (SBLGNT)

17 καὶ βαστάζων αὑτῷ τὸν σταυρὸν ἐξῆλθεν εἰς τὸν λεγόμενον Κρανίου Τόπον, ὃ λέγεται Ἑβραϊστὶ Γολγοθα,

18 ὅπου αὐτὸν ἐσταύρωσαν, καὶ μετʼ αὐτοῦ ἄλλους δύο ἐντεῦθεν καὶ ἐντεῦθεν, μέσον δὲ τὸν Ἰησοῦν.

19 ἔγραψεν δὲ καὶ τίτλον ὁ Πιλᾶτος καὶ ἔθηκεν ἐπὶ τοῦ σταυροῦ· ἦν δὲ γεγραμμένον· Ἰησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων.

20 τοῦτον οὖν τὸν τίτλον πολλοὶ ἀνέγνωσαν τῶν Ἰουδαίων, ὅτι ἐγγὺς ἦν ὁ τόπος τῆς πόλεως ὅπου ἐσταυρώθη ὁ Ἰησοῦς· καὶ ἦν γεγραμμένον Ἑβραϊστί, Ῥωμαϊστί, Ἑλληνιστί.

21 ἔλεγον οὖν τῷ Πιλάτῳ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς τῶν Ἰουδαίων· Μὴ γράφε· Ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων, ἀλλʼ ὅτι ἐκεῖνος εἶπεν Βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων εἰμί.

22 ἀπεκρίθη ὁ Πιλᾶτος· Ὃ γέγραφα γέγραφα.

23 οἱ οὖν στρατιῶται ὅτε ἐσταύρωσαν τὸν Ἰησοῦν ἔλαβον τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐποίησαν τέσσαρα μέρη, ἑκάστῳ στρατιώτῃ μέρος, καὶ τὸν χιτῶνα. ἦν δὲ ὁ χιτὼν ἄραφος, ἐκ τῶν ἄνωθεν ὑφαντὸς διʼ ὅλου·

24 εἶπαν οὖν πρὸς ἀλλήλους· Μὴ σχίσωμεν αὐτόν, ἀλλὰ λάχωμεν περὶ αὐτοῦ τίνος ἔσται· ἵνα ἡ γραφὴ πληρωθῇ ἡ λέγουσα· Διεμερίσαντο τὰ ἱμάτιά μου ἑαυτοῖς καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν ἱματισμόν μου ἔβαλον κλῆρον. Οἱ μὲν οὖν στρατιῶται ταῦτα ἐποίησαν.

25 Εἱστήκεισαν δὲ παρὰ τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἡ ἀδελφὴ τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ, Μαρία ἡ τοῦ Κλωπᾶ καὶ Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνή.

26 Ἰησοῦς οὖν ἰδὼν τὴν μητέρα καὶ τὸν μαθητὴν παρεστῶτα ὃν ἠγάπα λέγει τῇ μητρί· Γύναι, ἴδε ὁ υἱός σου·

27 εἶτα λέγει τῷ μαθητῇ· Ἴδε ἡ μήτηρ σου. καὶ ἀπʼ ἐκείνης τῆς ὥρας ἔλαβεν ὁ μαθητὴς αὐτὴν εἰς τὰ ἴδια.

28 Μετὰ τοῦτο εἰδὼς ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὅτι ἤδη πάντα τετέλεσται ἵνα τελειωθῇ ἡ γραφὴ λέγει· Διψῶ.

29 σκεῦος ἔκειτο ὄξους μεστόν· σπόγγον οὖν μεστὸν τοῦ ὄξους ὑσσώπῳ περιθέντες προσήνεγκαν αὐτοῦ τῷ στόματι.

30 ὅτε οὖν ἔλαβεν τὸ ὄξος ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Τετέλεσται, καὶ κλίνας τὴν κεφαλὴν παρέδωκεν τὸ πνεῦμα.

John 19:17-30 (Literal)

(17) And He went out bearing His cross, to the place called Of a Skull (which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha),

(18) where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, on this side and on that side, and Jesus in the middle.

(19) And Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And having been written, it was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

(20) Therefore, many of the Jews read this title, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. And it had been written in Hebrew, in Greek, in Latin.

(21) Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Do not write, The King of the Jews, but that One said, I am King of the Jews.

(22) Pilate answered, What I have written, I have written.

(23) Then when they crucified Jesus, the soldiers took His garments and made four parts, a part to each soldier, also the tunic. And the tunic was seamless, woven from the top throughout.

(24) Then they said to one another, Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots about it, whose it will be (that the Scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided My garments among them," and "they threw a lot for My garment." Then indeed the soldiers did these things.)

(25) And His mother, and His mother's sister Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood by the cross of Jesus.

(26) Then seeing His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, Jesus said to His mother, Woman, behold your son!

(27) Then He said to the disciple, Behold, your mother! And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own home.

(28) After this, knowing that all things have now been finished that the Scripture be completed, Jesus said, I thirst.

(29) Then a vessel full of vinegar was set, and having filled a sponge with vinegar, and putting hyssop around, they brought it to His mouth.

(30) Then when Jesus took the vinegar, He said, It has been finished. And bowing His head, He delivered up the spirit.



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SIXTH SUNDAY IN LENT / PALM SUNDAY

(14 April 2019)

John 12:12–19 (Procession); Deut 32:36–39; Ps. 118:19-29; Phil 2:5–11; Luke 22:1–23:56 or Luke 23:1–56 or John 12:20–43

Entrance: LSB 442: All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Of the Day: LSB 438: A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth

Offertory: LSB 444 No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet

Distribution: LSB 430 My Song Is Love Unknown

LSB 428 Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow

Closing: LSB 441 Ride On, Ride On in Majesty

The Cross and Passion of Our Lord Are the Hour of His Glory

The King of Israel comes into His royal glory by the path of humble obedience “to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). He “goes as it has been determined” (Luke 22:22), according to the Scriptures, willingly submitting to His Father’s plan for the salvation of sinners. “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9). His suffering and death open the way of repentance for the forgiveness of sins because He goes to the cross bearing the sins of the world. In His resurrection, God the Father vindicates His people and has compassion on His servants (Deut. 32:36). He kills to make alive; He wounds in order to heal. In remembrance of Him, we praise God, confessing “that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:11).


Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:18, 23.1 MB, 2016-Mar-16)


Worldview Everlasting – Don't Cry for Me (Ar)Je(n)rusalem (Luke 23:27-43)

Thieves, Winkels and Saving the world on an express version of Worldview Everlasting's Greek Tuesday.


Worldview Everlasting – Can't Hug Every Pagan Holiday (John 12:20-43)

Greek Tuesday discusses John 12 as Jesus prepares to go to the Cross. What is Holy Week all about? Watch this episode to find out!


Worldview Everlasting – Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - John 12:20-43


Lectionary Podcast - Palm Sunday / Lent 6 - Series C - John 12:12-19 with Dr. Charles A. Gieschen

Dr. Charles A. Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Lent 5


John 12:20-43 (SBLGNT)

20 Ἦσαν δὲ Ἕλληνές τινες ἐκ τῶν ἀναβαινόντων ἵνα προσκυνήσωσιν ἐν τῇ ἑορτῇ·

21 οὗτοι οὖν προσῆλθον Φιλίππῳ τῷ ἀπὸ Βηθσαϊδὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ ἠρώτων αὐτὸν λέγοντες· Κύριε, θέλομεν τὸν Ἰησοῦν ἰδεῖν.

22 ἔρχεται ὁ Φίλιππος καὶ λέγει τῷ Ἀνδρέᾳ· ἔρχεται Ἀνδρέας καὶ Φίλιππος καὶ λέγουσιν τῷ Ἰησοῦ.

23 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἀποκρίνεται αὐτοῖς λέγων· Ἐλήλυθεν ἡ ὥρα ἵνα δοξασθῇ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου.

24 ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ ὁ κόκκος τοῦ σίτου πεσὼν εἰς τὴν γῆν ἀποθάνῃ, αὐτὸς μόνος μένει· ἐὰν δὲ ἀποθάνῃ, πολὺν καρπὸν φέρει.

25 ὁ φιλῶν τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἀπολλύει αὐτήν, καὶ ὁ μισῶν τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ τούτῳ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον φυλάξει αὐτήν.

26 ἐὰν ἐμοί τις διακονῇ ἐμοὶ ἀκολουθείτω, καὶ ὅπου εἰμὶ ἐγὼ ἐκεῖ καὶ ὁ διάκονος ὁ ἐμὸς ἔσται· ἐάν τις ἐμοὶ διακονῇ τιμήσει αὐτὸν ὁ πατήρ.

27 Νῦν ἡ ψυχή μου τετάρακται, καὶ τί εἴπω; πάτερ, σῶσόν με ἐκ τῆς ὥρας ταύτης. ἀλλὰ διὰ τοῦτο ἦλθον εἰς τὴν ὥραν ταύτην.

28 πάτερ, δόξασόν σου τὸ ὄνομα. ἦλθεν οὖν φωνὴ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ· Καὶ ἐδόξασα καὶ πάλιν δοξάσω.

29 ὁ οὖν ὄχλος ὁ ἑστὼς καὶ ἀκούσας ἔλεγεν βροντὴν γεγονέναι· ἄλλοι ἔλεγον· Ἄγγελος αὐτῷ λελάληκεν.

30 ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν· Οὐ διʼ ἐμὲ ἡ φωνὴ αὕτη γέγονεν ἀλλὰ διʼ ὑμᾶς.

31 νῦν κρίσις ἐστὶν τοῦ κόσμου τούτου, νῦν ὁ ἄρχων τοῦ κόσμου τούτου ἐκβληθήσεται ἔξω·

32 κἀγὼ ἐὰν ὑψωθῶ ἐκ τῆς γῆς, πάντας ἑλκύσω πρὸς ἐμαυτόν.

33 τοῦτο δὲ ἔλεγεν σημαίνων ποίῳ θανάτῳ ἤμελλεν ἀποθνῄσκειν.

34 ἀπεκρίθη οὖν αὐτῷ ὁ ὄχλος· Ἡμεῖς ἠκούσαμεν ἐκ τοῦ νόμου ὅτι ὁ χριστὸς μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, καὶ πῶς λέγεις σὺ ὅτι δεῖ ὑψωθῆναι τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου; τίς ἐστιν οὗτος ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου;

35 εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἔτι μικρὸν χρόνον τὸ φῶς ἐν ὑμῖν ἐστιν. περιπατεῖτε ὡς τὸ φῶς ἔχετε, ἵνα μὴ σκοτία ὑμᾶς καταλάβῃ, καὶ ὁ περιπατῶν ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ οὐκ οἶδεν ποῦ ὑπάγει.

36 ὡς τὸ φῶς ἔχετε, πιστεύετε εἰς τὸ φῶς, ἵνα υἱοὶ φωτὸς γένησθε.

Ταῦτα ἐλάλησεν Ἰησοῦς, καὶ ἀπελθὼν ἐκρύβη ἀπʼ αὐτῶν.

37 τοσαῦτα δὲ αὐτοῦ σημεῖα πεποιηκότος ἔμπροσθεν αὐτῶν οὐκ ἐπίστευον εἰς αὐτόν,

38 ἵνα ὁ λόγος Ἠσαΐου τοῦ προφήτου πληρωθῇ ὃν εἶπεν· Κύριε, τίς ἐπίστευσεν τῇ ἀκοῇ ἡμῶν; καὶ ὁ βραχίων κυρίου τίνι ἀπεκαλύφθη;

39 διὰ τοῦτο οὐκ ἠδύναντο πιστεύειν ὅτι πάλιν εἶπεν Ἠσαΐας·

40 Τετύφλωκεν αὐτῶν τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς καὶ ἐπώρωσεν αὐτῶν τὴν καρδίαν, ἵνα μὴ ἴδωσιν τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς καὶ νοήσωσιν τῇ καρδίᾳ καὶ στραφῶσιν, καὶ ἰάσομαι αὐτούς.

41 ταῦτα εἶπεν Ἠσαΐας ὅτι εἶδεν τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐλάλησεν περὶ αὐτοῦ.

42 ὅμως μέντοι καὶ ἐκ τῶν ἀρχόντων πολλοὶ ἐπίστευσαν εἰς αὐτόν, ἀλλὰ διὰ τοὺς Φαρισαίους οὐχ ὡμολόγουν ἵνα μὴ ἀποσυνάγωγοι γένωνται,

43 ἠγάπησαν γὰρ τὴν δόξαν τῶν ἀνθρώπων μᾶλλον ἤπερ τὴν δόξαν τοῦ θεοῦ.


Literal Translation

John 12:20-43

(20) And there were some Greeks among those coming up, that they might worship at the Feast.

(21) Then these came to Philip, the one from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, Sir, we desire to see Jesus.

(22) Philip came and told Andrew, and again Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

(23) But Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.

(24) Truly, truly, I say to you, If the grain of wheat that falls into the earth does not die, it remains alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.

(25) The one who loves his life loses it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it to everlasting life.

(26) If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will also be. And if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

(27) And My soul is troubled, and what may I say? Father, save Me out of this hour? But because of this I came to this hour.

(28) Father, glorify Your name. Then a voice came out of the heaven: I both glorified it, and I will glorify it again.

(29) Then standing and hearing, the crowd said that thunder occurred. Others said, An angel has spoken to Him.

(30) Jesus answered and said, This voice has not occurred because of Me, but because of you.

(31) Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out.

(32) And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.

(33) But He said this, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.

(34) The crowd answered Him, We heard out of the Law that The Christ remains to the age. And how do You say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?

(35) Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while the Light is with you. Walk while you have the Light, that darkness not overtake you. And the one walking in the darkness does not know where he is going.

(36) While you have the Light, believe into the Light, that you may become sons of Light. Jesus spoke these things, and going away He was hidden from them.

(37) But though He had done so many miraculous signs before them, they did not believe into Him,

(38) so that the Word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he said, "Lord, who has believed our report? And the arm of the Lord, to whom was it revealed?"

(39) Because of this they could not believe, because Isaiah said again,

(40) "He has blinded their eyes" and "has hardened their heart," "that they might not see with the eyes" and "understand with the heart," "and be converted," "and I should heal them."

(41) Isaiah said these things when he saw His glory, and spoke about Him.

(42) Still, however, even out of the rulers, many did believe into Him. But because of the Pharisees, they were not confessing, so that they not be put out of the synagogue.

(43) For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.

 



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FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

(13 March 2016)

Is 43:16–21; Ps. 126:1-6; Phil 3:4b–7, 8–14; Luke 20:9–20

Entrance: LSB 912 Christ is Our Cornerstone

Of the Day: LSB 430 My Song Is Love Unknown

Offertory: LSB 426 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Distribution: LSB 753 All for Christ I Have Forsaken

LSB 565 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

Closing: LSB 429 We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died

God’s Beloved Son Has Redeemed Us

Our life and works apart from Christ, no matter how they may glitter to the eyes of the world, are ultimately rubbish and have no righteousness. Rather, in the scandalous cross of Jesus we find our righteousness alone “through faith in Christ” (Phil. 3:9). By such faith, we “know him and the power of his resurrection” (Phil. 3:10). For the same God who brought Israel out of Egypt has done a “new thing” for us in Christ Jesus (Is. 43:19). He has sent His beloved Son into His vineyard to be killed by sinful men and to become “the stone that the builders rejected.” Yet, the One rejected by men “has become the cornerstone” of His Church (Luke 20:17). Through the waters of Holy Baptism, He provides us daily refreshment in our earthly pilgrimage, “a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Is. 43:19).


Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Lent 5 – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:17, 23.1 MB, 2016-Mar-08)


Worldview Everlasting – The Vineyards of Wrath (Luke 20:9-19)

This episode of Greek Tuesday goes through Luke 20:9-19 and the parable of the wicked tenants. So is the point of this parable to be a better person? Or is it to watch out for false teachers and believe the Gospel? Once again, Pastor Fisk finds the Gospel in the text and shares some warnings of what to avoid when trying to interpret the meaning of this parable.


Lectionary Podcast - Lent 5 - Series C - Luke 20:9-20 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Lent 5


Luke 20:9-20 (SBLGNT)

9 Ἤρξατο δὲ πρὸς τὸν λαὸν λέγειν τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἄνθρωπος ἐφύτευσεν ἀμπελῶνα, καὶ ἐξέδετο αὐτὸν γεωργοῖς, καὶ ἀπεδήμησεν χρόνους ἱκανούς.

10 καὶ καιρῷ ἀπέστειλεν πρὸς τοὺς γεωργοὺς δοῦλον, ἵνα ἀπὸ τοῦ καρποῦ τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος δώσουσιν αὐτῷ· οἱ δὲ γεωργοὶ ἐξαπέστειλαν αὐτὸν δείραντες κενόν.

11 καὶ προσέθετο ἕτερον πέμψαι δοῦλον· οἱ δὲ κἀκεῖνον δείραντες καὶ ἀτιμάσαντες ἐξαπέστειλαν κενόν.

12 καὶ προσέθετο τρίτον πέμψαι· οἱ δὲ καὶ τοῦτον τραυματίσαντες ἐξέβαλον.

13 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ κύριος τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος· Τί ποιήσω; πέμψω τὸν υἱόν μου τὸν ἀγαπητόν· ἴσως τοῦτον ἐντραπήσονται.

14 ἰδόντες δὲ αὐτὸν οἱ γεωργοὶ διελογίζοντο πρὸς ἀλλήλους λέγοντες· Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ κληρονόμος· ἀποκτείνωμεν αὐτόν, ἵνα ἡμῶν γένηται ἡ κληρονομία·

15 καὶ ἐκβαλόντες αὐτὸν ἔξω τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος ἀπέκτειναν. τί οὖν ποιήσει αὐτοῖς ὁ κύριος τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος;

16 ἐλεύσεται καὶ ἀπολέσει τοὺς γεωργοὺς τούτους, καὶ δώσει τὸν ἀμπελῶνα ἄλλοις. ἀκούσαντες δὲ εἶπαν· Μὴ γένοιτο.

17 ὁ δὲ ἐμβλέψας αὐτοῖς εἶπεν· Τί οὖν ἐστιν τὸ γεγραμμένον τοῦτο· Λίθον ὃν ἀπεδοκίμασαν οἱ οἰκοδομοῦντες, οὗτος ἐγενήθη εἰς κεφαλὴν γωνίας;

18 πᾶς ὁ πεσὼν ἐπʼ ἐκεῖνον τὸν λίθον συνθλασθήσεται· ἐφʼ ὃν δʼ ἂν πέσῃ, λικμήσει αὐτόν.

19 καὶ ἐζήτησαν οἱ γραμματεῖς καὶ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς ἐπιβαλεῖν ἐπʼ αὐτὸν τὰς χεῖρας ἐν αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ, καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν τὸν λαόν, ἔγνωσαν γὰρ ὅτι πρὸς αὐτοὺς εἶπεν τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην.

20 Καὶ παρατηρήσαντες ἀπέστειλαν ἐγκαθέτους ὑποκρινομένους ἑαυτοὺς δικαίους εἶναι, ἵνα ἐπιλάβωνται αὐτοῦ λόγου, ὥστε παραδοῦναι αὐτὸν τῇ ἀρχῇ καὶ τῇ ἐξουσίᾳ τοῦ ἡγεμόνος.


Literal Translation

Luke 20:9-20
(9) And He began to speak this parable to the people: A certain man planted a vineyard and let it out to vinedressers. And he left the country for long periods of time.
(10) And in season, he sent a slave to the vinedressers, that they might give him the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers sent him away empty, beating him.
(11) And he again sent another slave. But they also sent that one away empty, beating and insulting him.
(12) And he again sent a third. But they also threw this one out, wounding him.
(13) And the lord of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps, having seen this one, they will respect him.
(14) And having seen him, the vinedressers reasoned with themselves, saying, This is the heir. Come let us kill him so that the inheritance may become ours.
(15) And throwing him out of the vineyard, they killed him. Therefore, what will the lord of the vineyard do to them?
(16) He will come and will destroy these vinedressers and will give the vineyard to others. And hearing this, they said, Let it not be!
(17) And looking at them He said, What then is this which has been written, "The stone that the builders rejected, this one came to be for the Head of the Corner"?
(18) Everyone falling on that Stone will be broken in pieces but on whomever It falls, It will crush him.
(19) And the chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on Him in the same hour. And they feared the people, for they knew that He told this parable against them.
(20) And watching carefully, they sent spies, pretending themselves to be righteous, in order that they might seize upon a word of His, so as to deliver Him to the power and to the authority of the governor.


prō-pĭsh′ē-ā′shən

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.
Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Satisfaction or turning away God’s anger against sin 

— Glossary, Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation, 2017 ed., p. 397

1 John 2:1-2 (Literal)
(1) My little children, I write these things to you so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
(2) And He Himself is the propitiation (prō-pĭsh′ē-ā′shən) relating to our sins, and not relating to ours only, but also relating to all the world.



 

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

(31 March 2019)

Is 12:1–6; Ps. 32:1-11; 2 Cor 5:16–21; Luke 15:1–3, 11–32

Entrance: LSB 915 Today Your Mercy Calls Us

Of the Day: LSB 972: I Trust, O Christ, in You Alone (Lutheran Service Builder)

Offertory: LSB 612 As Rebels, Lord, Who Foolishly Have Wandered

Distribution: LSB 571: God Loved the World So that He Gave

LSB 927 First Song of Isaiah

Closing: LSB 686 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Jesus Christ Has Reconciled Us to the Father

God the Father has opened His heart to us in love. While we were “still a long way off,” He saw us and “felt compassion” (Luke 15:20). Therefore, He gave His only-begotten Son for us, making “him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). By the ministry of reconciliation, He runs to us, embraces us in mercy and clothes us with His glory as beloved sons in Christ Jesus. And so we give thanks unto the Lord our God, who has taken away our sins and turned His anger from us (Is. 12:1). Because He has become our salvation, our strength and our song, we “will trust, and will not be afraid” (Is. 12:2).


Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Lent 4 – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 56:48, 22.9 MB, 2016-Mar-02)


Worldview Everlasting – Finders' Fun Old School Edition (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

Have you missed seeing some of your favorite cat clips? Or Jesus is a Friend of Mine? Or other random silliness? In this episode of Greek Tuesday, Pastor Fisk talks about lost things found in Luke 15 and his Edit Monkey finds some long-neglected clips to bring back the silliness. And President Harrison of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod makes a cameo (sort of) to talk about how awesome BROKEN is! Don't forget to check out the full interview with him by clicking on the click-out at the end or right below here.


Lectionary Podcast - Lent 4 - Series C - Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Lent 4

[Note: Dr Bailey's understanding of the culture of Jesus' day in written his book, “Finding the Lost: Cultural Keys to Luke 15.” and discussed this with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues, Etc.]


Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἦσαν δὲ αὐτῷ ἐγγίζοντες πάντες οἱ τελῶναι καὶ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἀκούειν αὐτοῦ.

2 καὶ διεγόγγυζον οἵ τε Φαρισαῖοι καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς λέγοντες ὅτι Οὗτος ἁμαρτωλοὺς προσδέχεται καὶ συνεσθίει αὐτοῖς.

3 εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτοὺς τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην λέγων·

11 Εἶπεν δέ· Ἄνθρωπός τις εἶχεν δύο υἱούς.

12 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ νεώτερος αὐτῶν τῷ πατρί· Πάτερ, δός μοι τὸ ἐπιβάλλον μέρος τῆς οὐσίας· ὁ δὲ διεῖλεν αὐτοῖς τὸν βίον.

13 καὶ μετʼ οὐ πολλὰς ἡμέρας συναγαγὼν πάντα ὁ νεώτερος υἱὸς ἀπεδήμησεν εἰς χώραν μακράν, καὶ ἐκεῖ διεσκόρπισεν τὴν οὐσίαν αὐτοῦ ζῶν ἀσώτως.

14 δαπανήσαντος δὲ αὐτοῦ πάντα ἐγένετο λιμὸς ἰσχυρὰ κατὰ τὴν χώραν ἐκείνην, καὶ αὐτὸς ἤρξατο ὑστερεῖσθαι.

15 καὶ πορευθεὶς ἐκολλήθη ἑνὶ τῶν πολιτῶν τῆς χώρας ἐκείνης, καὶ ἔπεμψεν αὐτὸν εἰς τοὺς ἀγροὺς αὐτοῦ βόσκειν χοίρους·

16 καὶ ἐπεθύμει γεμίσαι τὴν κοιλίαν αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῶν κερατίων ὧν ἤσθιον οἱ χοῖροι, καὶ οὐδεὶς ἐδίδου αὐτῷ.

17 εἰς ἑαυτὸν δὲ ἐλθὼν ἔφη· Πόσοι μίσθιοι τοῦ πατρός μου περισσεύονται ἄρτων, ἐγὼ δὲ λιμῷ ὧδε ἀπόλλυμαι·

18 ἀναστὰς πορεύσομαι πρὸς τὸν πατέρα μου καὶ ἐρῶ αὐτῷ· Πάτερ, ἥμαρτον εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ ἐνώπιόν σου,

19 οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἄξιος κληθῆναι υἱός σου· ποίησόν με ὡς ἕνα τῶν μισθίων σου.

20 καὶ ἀναστὰς ἦλθεν πρὸς τὸν πατέρα ἑαυτοῦ. ἔτι δὲ αὐτοῦ μακρὰν ἀπέχοντος εἶδεν αὐτὸν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐσπλαγχνίσθη καὶ δραμὼν ἐπέπεσεν ἐπὶ τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ κατεφίλησεν αὐτόν.

21 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ υἱὸς αὐτῷ· Πάτερ, ἥμαρτον εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ ἐνώπιόν σου, οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἄξιος κληθῆναι υἱός σου.

22 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ πατὴρ πρὸς τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ· Ταχὺ ἐξενέγκατε στολὴν τὴν πρώτην καὶ ἐνδύσατε αὐτόν, καὶ δότε δακτύλιον εἰς τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ καὶ ὑποδήματα εἰς τοὺς πόδας,

23 καὶ φέρετε τὸν μόσχον τὸν σιτευτόν, θύσατε, καὶ φαγόντες εὐφρανθῶμεν,

24 ὅτι οὗτος ὁ υἱός μου νεκρὸς ἦν καὶ ἀνέζησεν, ἦν ἀπολωλὼς καὶ εὑρέθη. καὶ ἤρξαντο εὐφραίνεσθαι.

25 Ἦν δὲ ὁ υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ὁ πρεσβύτερος ἐν ἀγρῷ· καὶ ὡς ἐρχόμενος ἤγγισεν τῇ οἰκίᾳ, ἤκουσεν συμφωνίας καὶ χορῶν,

26 καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος ἕνα τῶν παίδων ἐπυνθάνετο τί ἂν εἴη ταῦτα·

27 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὅτι Ὁ ἀδελφός σου ἥκει, καὶ ἔθυσεν ὁ πατήρ σου τὸν μόσχον τὸν σιτευτόν, ὅτι ὑγιαίνοντα αὐτὸν ἀπέλαβεν.

28 ὠργίσθη δὲ καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν εἰσελθεῖν. ὁ δὲ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ ἐξελθὼν παρεκάλει αὐτόν.

29 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν τῷ πατρὶ αὐτοῦ· Ἰδοὺ τοσαῦτα ἔτη δουλεύω σοι καὶ οὐδέποτε ἐντολήν σου παρῆλθον, καὶ ἐμοὶ οὐδέποτε ἔδωκας ἔριφον ἵνα μετὰ τῶν φίλων μου εὐφρανθῶ·

30 ὅτε δὲ ὁ υἱός σου οὗτος ὁ καταφαγών σου τὸν βίον μετὰ πορνῶν ἦλθεν, ἔθυσας αὐτῷ τὸν σιτευτὸν μόσχον.

31 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τέκνον, σὺ πάντοτε μετʼ ἐμοῦ εἶ, καὶ πάντα τὰ ἐμὰ σά ἐστιν·

32 εὐφρανθῆναι δὲ καὶ χαρῆναι ἔδει, ὅτι ὁ ἀδελφός σου οὗτος νεκρὸς ἦν καὶ ἔζησεν, καὶ ἀπολωλὼς καὶ εὑρέθη.


Literal Translation

Luke 15:1-3
(1) And all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to Him, to hear Him.
(2) And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, This one receives sinners and eats with them.
(3) And He spoke to them this parable, saying,

Luke 15:11-32
(11) And He said, A certain man had two sons.
(12) And the younger of them said to the father, Father give me that part of the property falling to me. And he divided the living to them.
(13) And not many days after, gathering up all things, the younger son went away to a distant country. And there he wasted his property, living dissolutely.
(14) But having spent all his things, a severe famine came throughout that country, and he began to be in need.
(15) And going, he was joined to one of the citizens of that country. And he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
(16) And he longed to fill his stomach from the husks which the pigs ate, but no one gave to him.
(17) But coming to himself he said, How many servants of my father have plenty of loaves, and I am perishing with famine.
(18) Rising up, I will go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I sinned against Heaven and before you,
(19) and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants.
(20) And rising up, he came to his father. But he yet being far away, his father saw him and was moved with pity. And running, he fell on his neck and fervently kissed him.
(21) And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you, and no longer am I worthy to be called your son.
(22) But the father said to his slaves, Bring out the best robe and clothe him, and give a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet.
(23) And bring the fattened calf, slaughter and let us eat and be merry;
(24) for this son of mine was dead, and lived again, and was lost, and was found. And they began to be merry.
(25) But the older son was in a field. And having come, as he drew near to the house, he heard music and dances.
(26) And having called one of the children, he inquired what this may be.
(27) And he said to him, Your brother came, and your father killed the fattened calf, because he received him back in health.
(28) But he was angry and did not desire to go in. Then coming out, his father begged him.
(29) But answering, he said to the father, Behold, so many years I serve you, and I have never transgressed a command of you. And you never gave a goat to me, so that I might be merry with my friends.
(30) But when this son of yours came, the one devouring your living with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him.
(31) But he said to him, Child, you are always with me, and all of my things are yours.
(32) But to be merry and to rejoice was right, for this brother of yours was dead, and lived again; and being lost, also he was found.



 

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

(24 March 2019)

Ezek 33:7–20; Ps. 85:1-13; 1 Cor 10:1–13; Luke 13:1–9

Entrance: LSB 761 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Of the Day: LSB 823: May God Bestow on Us His Grace

Offertory: LSB 608 Lord, to You I Make Confession

Distribution: LSB 758 The Will of God Is Always Best

LSB 614 “As Surely as I Live,” God Said

Closing: LSB 765 God Moves in a Mysterious Way

Jesus Calls You to Repentance

“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5). By this warning, the Lord would turn us away from wickedness and bring us to life in Himself. For He is patient with us, that we not be cut down in our sin but live and bear fruit in Him. As He lives, the Lord has “no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezek. 33:11). So the Scriptures have been “written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come” (1 Cor. 10:11), that we should not desire evil but trust in Christ. He alone is faithful, the Rock who feeds us with His “spiritual food” and pours out His “spiritual drink” (1 Cor. 10:3–4).


Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Lent 3 – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2016-Feb-22)


Worldview Everlasting – What's Repentance, Precious? (Luke 13:1-9)

It's Greek Tuesday! And that means more Gospel of Luke as Pastor Fisk takes a look at Luke 13:1-9. Repentance, hard hearts, unbelief, lack of fruit and the Gospel all make an appearance in this one. As well as Worldview Everlasting's padawan learners, Hailey and Amanda, who might be having a little too much fun making intros for the show...and don't forget Gollum singing about his precious. You really don't want to miss that!


Lectionary Podcast - Lent 3 - Series C - Luke 13:1–9 with Dr. David Scaer

Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Lent 3


Luke 13:1–9 (SBLGNT)

1 Παρῆσαν δέ τινες ἐν αὐτῷ τῷ καιρῷ ἀπαγγέλλοντες αὐτῷ περὶ τῶν Γαλιλαίων ὧν τὸ αἷμα Πιλᾶτος ἔμιξεν μετὰ τῶν θυσιῶν αὐτῶν.

2 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Δοκεῖτε ὅτι οἱ Γαλιλαῖοι οὗτοι ἁμαρτωλοὶ παρὰ πάντας τοὺς Γαλιλαίους ἐγένοντο, ὅτι ταῦτα πεπόνθασιν;

3 οὐχί, λέγω ὑμῖν, ἀλλʼ ἐὰν μὴ μετανοῆτε πάντες ὁμοίως ἀπολεῖσθε.

4 ἢ ἐκεῖνοι οἱ δεκαοκτὼ ἐφʼ οὓς ἔπεσεν ὁ πύργος ἐν τῷ Σιλωὰμ καὶ ἀπέκτεινεν αὐτούς, δοκεῖτε ὅτι αὐτοὶ ὀφειλέται ἐγένοντο παρὰ πάντας τοὺς ἀνθρώπους τοὺς κατοικοῦντας Ἰερουσαλήμ;

5 οὐχί, λέγω ὑμῖν, ἀλλʼ ἐὰν μὴ μετανοῆτε πάντες ὡσαύτως ἀπολεῖσθε.

6 Ἔλεγεν δὲ ταύτην τὴν παραβολήν. Συκῆν εἶχέν τις πεφυτευμένην ἐν τῷ ἀμπελῶνι αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἦλθεν ζητῶν καρπὸν ἐν αὐτῇ καὶ οὐχ εὗρεν.

7 εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς τὸν ἀμπελουργόν· Ἰδοὺ τρία ἔτη ἀφʼ οὗ ἔρχομαι ζητῶν καρπὸν ἐν τῇ συκῇ ταύτῃ καὶ οὐχ εὑρίσκω· ἔκκοψον αὐτήν· ἱνατί καὶ τὴν γῆν καταργεῖ;

8 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς λέγει αὐτῷ· Κύριε, ἄφες αὐτὴν καὶ τοῦτο τὸ ἔτος, ἕως ὅτου σκάψω περὶ αὐτὴν καὶ βάλω κόπρια·

9 κἂν μὲν ποιήσῃ καρπὸν εἰς τὸ μέλλον— εἰ δὲ μήγε, ἐκκόψεις αὐτήν.


Literal Translation

Luke 13:1-9

(1) And some were present at the same time reporting to Him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate mixed with their sacrifices.

(2) And answering, Jesus said to them, Do you think that these Galileans were sinners beyond all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?

(3) No, I say to you, But if you do not repent, you will all perish likewise.

(4) Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them, do you think that these were sinners beyond all men who lived in Jerusalem?

(5) No, I say to you, But if you do not repent, you will all perish likewise.

(6) And He spoke this parable: A certain one had planted a fig tree in his vineyard. And he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any.

(7) And he said to the vinedresser, Behold, three years I come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and found none. Cut it down, and why does it waste the ground?

(8) And the vinedresser said to him, Sir, leave it also this year until I shall dig around it and throw manure;

(9) and see if it indeed makes fruit. But if not, in the future you may cut it down.



SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

(17 March 2019)

Jer 26:8–15; Ps. 4:1-8; Phil 3:17–4:1; Luke 13:31–35

Entrance: LSB 945 Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved

Of the Day: LSB 708: Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart

Offertory: LSB 666 O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe

Distribution: LSB 763 When Peace like a River

LSB 748 I’m But a Stranger Here

Closing: LSB 422 On My Heart Imprint Your Image

Jesus Rescues Us from Death and Brings Us into Heaven

The prophet Jeremiah faithfully preached “all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people” (Jer. 26:8). He called the people to repentance, lest the Lord’s judgment come upon them. The violence that Jeremiah suffered for this preaching foreshadowed the cross and Passion of Christ Jesus, who suffered the judgment of God for the redemption of all people. For Jesus “comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 13:35) in order to lay down His life for the sins of the world. Earthly Jerusalem was blind to His gracious visitation, and it put Him to death like the prophets before Him. Yet, His sacrifice upon the cross became the cornerstone of the new Jerusalem, His Church. He visits us today in mercy with His preaching of forgiveness, to gather us to Himself within that holy city, “as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” (Luke 13:34), for “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20).


Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Lent 2 – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 52:49, 21.3 MB, 2016-Feb-15)


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There are many secrets the world wants to sell you as spirituality, but so far as Jesus is concerned, there is only one that is needful.


Lectionary Podcast - Lent 2 - Series C - Luke 13:31-35 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Lent 2


Luke 13:31–35 (SBLGNT)

31 Ἐν αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ προσῆλθάν τινες Φαρισαῖοι λέγοντες αὐτῷ· Ἔξελθε καὶ πορεύου ἐντεῦθεν, ὅτι Ἡρῴδης θέλει σε ἀποκτεῖναι.

32 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πορευθέντες εἴπατε τῇ ἀλώπεκι ταύτῃ· Ἰδοὺ ἐκβάλλω δαιμόνια καὶ ἰάσεις ἀποτελῶ σήμερον καὶ αὔριον, καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ τελειοῦμαι.

33 πλὴν δεῖ με σήμερον καὶ αὔριον καὶ τῇ ἐχομένῃ πορεύεσθαι, ὅτι οὐκ ἐνδέχεται προφήτην ἀπολέσθαι ἔξω Ἰερουσαλήμ.

34 Ἰερουσαλὴμ Ἰερουσαλήμ, ἡ ἀποκτείνουσα τοὺς προφήτας καὶ λιθοβολοῦσα τοὺς ἀπεσταλμένους πρὸς αὐτήν— ποσάκις ἠθέλησα ἐπισυνάξαι τὰ τέκνα σου ὃν τρόπον ὄρνις τὴν ἑαυτῆς νοσσιὰν ὑπὸ τὰς πτέρυγας, καὶ οὐκ ἠθελήσατε.

35 ἰδοὺ ἀφίεται ὑμῖν ὁ οἶκος ὑμῶν. λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν, οὐ μὴ ἴδητέ με ἕως ἥξει ὅτε εἴπητε· Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι κυρίου.


Literal Translation

(31) In the same day, certain Pharisees came saying to Him, Go out and go on from here, for Herod desires to kill you.
(32) And He said to them, Going, say to that fox, Behold, today and tomorrow I cast out demons and I complete cures, and the third day I am being perfected.
(33) But today and tomorrow and on the following day I must travel on. For it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside Jerusalem.
(34) Jerusalem! Jerusalem! The one killing the prophets, and stoning those having been sent to her, how often I desired to gather your children in the way a hen gathers her brood under the wings, and you did not desire it.
(35) Behold, "your house is left" to you "desolate."  And truly I say to you, You shall not at all see Me until it comes when you say, "Blessed is the One coming in the name of the Lord."



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Ash Wednesday

(06 March 2019)

Joel 2:12–19; Ps. 51:1–13, 14–19; 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21

Entrance: LSB 419 Savior, When in Dust to Thee

Of the Day: LSB 607 From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee

Offertory: LSB 574 Before the Throne of God Above

Distribution: LSB 915 Today Your Mercy Calls Us;

LSB 563 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness

Closing: LSB 610 Lord Jesus, Think on Me

Return to the Lord Your God with All Your Heart

On Ash Wednesday, we come down from the mountain with Jesus and set our faces toward His cross and Passion in Jerusalem. We make our pilgrimage with Him by the way of repentance, and thus we return to the dying and rising of Holy Baptism. Christ Jesus, “who knew no sin,” became our sin, so that by His death we are released from sin and in His resurrection we “become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). Since God has thus reconciled the world to Himself in Christ, “now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). He has provided the sacrificial Lamb, and He has left “a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering” in the Eucharist (Joel 2:14, 19). He summons us to return to Him with all our hearts, because He is “gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love” (Joel 2:13). Return to Him in faith and confidence, and so pray to Him as your Father; give to the needy from a heart of love; and fast for the sake of repentance (Matt. 6:3–4, 6, 17–18).


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Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday tries to sum up the remainder of the sermon on the mount, including an Everlasting Extras segment on the conclusion.


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Pr. David Petersen

Pr. David Petersen, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:08, 52.3 MB, 2019-Mar-04)


Lectionary Podcast — Ash Wednesday — Dr. David P. Scaer

Dr. David P. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel Lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 6:1–6 (SBLGNT)

1 Προσέχετε ⸀δὲ τὴν ⸀δικαιοσύνην ὑμῶν μὴ ποιεῖν ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων πρὸς τὸ θεαθῆναι αὐτοῖς· εἰ δὲ μή γε, μισθὸν οὐκ ἔχετε παρὰ τῷ πατρὶ ὑμῶν τῷ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.

2 Ὅταν οὖν ποιῇς ἐλεημοσύνην, μὴ σαλπίσῃς ἔμπροσθέν σου, ὥσπερ οἱ ὑποκριταὶ ποιοῦσιν ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς καὶ ἐν ταῖς ῥύμαις, ὅπως δοξασθῶσιν ὑπὸ τῶν ἀνθρώπων· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἀπέχουσιν τὸν μισθὸν αὐτῶν.

3 σοῦ δὲ ποιοῦντος ἐλεημοσύνην μὴ γνώτω ἡ ἀριστερά σου τί ποιεῖ ἡ δεξιά σου,

4 ὅπως ᾖ σου ἡ ἐλεημοσύνη ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ· καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ ⸀κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει ⸀σοι.

5 Καὶ ὅταν ⸂προσεύχησθε, οὐκ ἔσεσθε ὡς⸃ οἱ ὑποκριταί· ὅτι φιλοῦσιν ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς καὶ ἐν ταῖς γωνίαις τῶν πλατειῶν ἑστῶτες προσεύχεσθαι, ⸀ὅπως φανῶσιν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις· ἀμὴν λέγω ⸀ὑμῖν, ἀπέχουσι τὸν μισθὸν αὐτῶν.

6 σὺ δὲ ὅταν προσεύχῃ, εἴσελθε εἰς τὸ ταμεῖόν σου καὶ κλείσας τὴν θύραν σου πρόσευξαι τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ· καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει ⸀σοι.


Matthew 6:16–21 (SBLGNT)

16 Ὅταν δὲ νηστεύητε, μὴ γίνεσθε ⸀ὡς οἱ ὑποκριταὶ σκυθρωποί, ἀφανίζουσιν γὰρ τὰ πρόσωπα αὐτῶν ὅπως φανῶσιν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις νηστεύοντες· ἀμὴν λέγω ⸀ὑμῖν, ἀπέχουσιν τὸν μισθὸν αὐτῶν.

17 σὺ δὲ νηστεύων ἄλειψαί σου τὴν κεφαλὴν καὶ τὸ πρόσωπόν σου νίψαι,

18 ὅπως μὴ φανῇς τοῖς ἀνθρώποις νηστεύων ἀλλὰ τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ ⸀κρυφαίῳ· καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ ⸁κρυφαίῳ ἀποδώσει σοι.

19 Μὴ θησαυρίζετε ὑμῖν θησαυροὺς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ὅπου σὴς καὶ βρῶσις ἀφανίζει, καὶ ὅπου κλέπται διορύσσουσιν καὶ κλέπτουσιν·

20 θησαυρίζετε δὲ ὑμῖν θησαυροὺς ἐν οὐρανῷ, ὅπου οὔτε σὴς οὔτε βρῶσις ἀφανίζει, καὶ ὅπου κλέπται οὐ διορύσσουσιν οὐδὲ κλέπτουσιν·

21 ὅπου γάρ ἐστιν ὁ θησαυρός ⸀σου, ἐκεῖ ἔσται καὶ ἡ καρδία ⸁σου.


Literal Translation

(1)  Take care not to do your merciful deeds before men in order to be seen by them. But if not, you have no reward from your Father in Heaven.

(2)  Therefore, when you do merciful deeds, do not trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be glorified by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.

(3)  But you doing merciful deeds, do not let your left know what your right hand does,

(4)  so that your merciful deeds may be in secret. And your Father seeing in secret Himself will repay you in the open.

(5)  And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the open streets so that they may be seen of men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.

(6)  But you, when you pray, enter into your room and shutting your door, pray to your Father in secret. And your Father seeing in secret will repay you in the open.


(16)  And when you fast, do not be as the hypocrites, with sullen face, for they disfigure their faces so that they may appear to men to be fasting. Truly I say to you that they have their reward.

(17)  But you in fasting, anoint your head and wash your face,

(18)  so as not to appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father in secret. And your Father seeing in secret will repay you in the open.

(19)  Do not treasure up for you treasures on the earth, where moth and rust cause to perish, and where thieves dig through and steal.

(20)  But treasure up for you treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust cause to perish, and where thieves do not dig through and steal.

(21)  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.