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Shall We Be Saved?

December 3, 2017

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First Sunday in Advent                           Trinity Lutheran Church

3 December 2017                                      Murdock, NE


+ Jesu Juva +


Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 11:1-10


Wow! The time flies! Another season of Advent! How wonderful! Christmas is right around the corner. Parties to attend. Gifts to buy. Christmas letters to write and Christmas cards to send.


Our hearts are focused, however, on Jesus. The blessed King who comes in the name of the Lord. “See your King comes to you!”


Yes, that’s right. He comes to you and FOR YOU. Just as Isaiah promised. He “rends the heavens” and “comes down” among His sinners. That’s the salvation game changer. Jesus comes to redeem you. To do a Good Friday FOR YOU.


Why? Well, one would think that the answer would be a no brainer. However, it isn’t anymore. So I have to preach it. Over and over again! Here’s why King Jesus rides into Jerusalem on the donkey. It is because, as Isaiah preached it a long time ago: “We have all become like one who is unclean.” Polluted. Toxic. Noxious. Because of our sin and all our sinning. Even the virtuous things that we attempt to do “are like a polluted garment”[1] that is only good to be burned with the trash. We, like Israel of old, have “sinned” and we’ve been languishing in “our sins a long time.” We deserve to fade like a leaf that the wind sweeps away. As wax melts before a flame so we are melted before God because of our sin. Our sin earns God’s eternal wrath: “Behold, you were angry.” God, “you have hidden your face from us and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.”


So the biggest question anyone can ever ask is the Isaiah question: “Shall we be saved?” Shall we be saved? Shall we be saved?


Well, not if salvation is up to us! Sinners can’t save themselves. In any way, shape or form. Sinners are not their own saviors. Many people try it but they crash and burn. Savioring yourself will only have a hellacious ending.


So, the Lord Jesus sent me to you to give you good news. Salvific good news. You know where I’m going, don’t you? And you eagerly want to hear it again because it is so sweet! “Shall we be saved?” Of course! The answer is categorical and definitive. ONLY IN, WITH AND UNDER the King who rides on the donkey and then dies gruesomely on the cross – the Lord Jesus Christ!


He comes in total and complete humility – lowliness — modesty – simplicity – on the back of the donkey – a beast of burden – TO BEAR AND ANSWER FOR ALL SIN including yours!


Behold King Savior Jesus! He comes. He does an advent. In order to do a Good Friday. On the cross Jesus saves you! His divine sacrifice atones for all your sin. His beggar King bloody death puts death to death and gives you eternal life through faith in Him.


The answer to Isaiah’s prayer and your prayer: “Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people,” is answered in Jesus. He comes “righteous and having salvation.” Jesus comes to do that sweet salvational swap. He does that blessed Good Friday exchange in which He, the Righteous Son of God, takes all your sin and all its hellish damnation and in exchange He gives you His righteousness – His perfection – His holiness. In that righteousness you are saved.


The season of Advent teaches you how to receive such a Savior. Advent is the Lord’s wake up call. His call for us to repent of our sins – daily. And to daily to believe that Jesus His Son died to win our forgiveness.


Now, today, FOR YOU, the Lord Jesus comes. He answers your prayer of Hosanna which means, “please, save now” in the Lord’s Supper. Behold “your King comes righteous and having salvation.”   Given and shed FOR YOU for the forgiveness of sins.”  


“Shall we be saved?” Absolutely! In fact, you are saved. In Jesus. He is born to die. To give His life as a ransom. He comes not to be served but to serve. To die FOR YOU in His Good Friday death. Isaiah clinches it. Let’s finish with that today – His words that preach what our Father does FOR YOU IN JESUS: “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.”


Have a happy Advent.


In the Name of Jesus.



     [1]Literally the Hebrew the phrase is: “menstrual rag”.


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