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Jesus Died For You! You Are Forgiven!

November 11, 2018

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Pentecost 25                                            Trinity Lutheran Church

11 November 2018                                   Murdock, NE


+ Jesu Juva +


Hebrews 9:24-28


It would appear (and it’s really nothing new) that too many Christians and most of the clergy that lead the church do not understand what the church should be about and what kind of pastoral care is to be given.  For example, recently, at a youth convention the most influential clergy in the world wore rainbow crosses.[1] Connect the dots. What agenda is being pushed? Enriching themselves at the expense of the most vulnerable and poor, they scream of the crises of climate change and environmental waste like too many straws in the ocean as if that is the foremost pastoral concerns the church must address so that a utopian world can be created.


At a time when Islam vigorously strives for world conquest, most church leaders close their eyes and deny this religion’s aggressive nature to institute a worldwide caliphate and destroy Christianity. At a time when marriage, the family and family life have been shattered as a result of too much experimentation, many key figures in the church seem to think that now is the time to experiment with new family forms and encourage their people to choose from the 57 or so varieties of gender now available. Read between the lines.


All these examples show the lack of understanding the serious nature of the Christian faith and the high pastoral care that needs to be given to folks. At the heart of the biblical teaching lie very serious matters – sin, salvation, death, judgment, heaven and hell. That’s missing in today’s church and the Lord’s remark in Mark 12 concerning the scribes also apply to the clergy of today: “they will receive the greater condemnation” on the Last Day for their unfaithfulness.


The text from Hebrews today speaks of the most important event in the history of the world – the universe – and what it means FOR YOU. Its message is the essence of high pastoral care or what the church is all about. Listen.


Jesus has “appeared once for all.” That means once for all time and once for all people. To do what? “To put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Or as the text says again: “having been offered once to bear the sins of many.”


That of course is referring to His death on the cross. What Jesus did Good Friday-ly FOR YOU! And for all! Christ’s Good Friday dying on the tree is the most important day in the history of the world. Really it is. Good Friday was the promise of salvation that all the Old Testament believers trusted and to which they looked forward with great anticipation. Christ’s Good Friday death on the cross is the promise of salvation to which all of us trust as well. After all, salvation is by FAITH alone in Good Friday Dead On The Cross Jesus who answered and atoned for all sin. Yours. Mind. The world’s.


Jesus’ sacrifice of His Body and Blood on the cross is perfect. It does the salvation job completely. IT IS FINISHED! The salvation job has been done. He died FOR YOU. He answered for all your sin. He didn’t leave any out of His death.


What He won and accomplished FOR YOU on the cross (forgiveness of sins), He then delivers and bestows through preaching, baptism, absolution and the Supper. By Christ’s command and in His stead I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. That’s the viva vox Christi! So too in the Sacrament of the Altar: “given and shed for you for the remission of sins.”


In the divine service there is judgment. Christ’s! It goes like this: YOU ARE FORGIVEN. YOU ARE SAVED.


Now, when Jesus appears “a second time,” – the Last Day or if you die before that day, there is no need to fear hell and God’s wrath. Jesus endured all that FOR YOU in your place in His Good Friday death. In Jesus you’ve already been judged. Acquitted. Yes, that’s right. For on the cross Jesus “appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”


In the Name of Jesus.







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