Sermons on Luke

Sermons on Luke

Lent 3 – 2023

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen. Our text for today consists of the last two versed of the Gospel, Luke 11:27–28 (ESV) 27 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and…

Qunquagesima – 2023

FAITH TAKES GOD AT HIS WORD Luke 18:31–43 (CSB) 31 Then he took the Twelve aside and told them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. Everything that is written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles, and he will be mocked, insulted, spit on; 33 and after they flog him, they will kill him, and he will rise on the third day.” 34 They understood…

Sexagesima – 2023

Luke 8:4–15 (EHV)   4As a large crowd was gathering and people from one town after another were  making their way to him, he spoke using a parable. 5“A sower went out to sow his seed.  As he sowed, some fell along the path. It was trampled, and the birds of the sky  devoured it. 6Other seed fell on rocky ground. As soon as it grew, it withered away,  because it had no moisture. 7Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up with it  and choked it. 8Other seed fell into good soil. It grew and produced fruit—one hundred  times as much as was sown.” As he said these things, he called out, “Whoever has ears  to hear, let him hear!”   9His disciples asked him, “What does this parable mean?”   10He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God,  but to the rest I speak in parables so that ‘even though they see, they may not see, and  even though they hear, they may not understand.’ 11This is the meaning of the parable:  The seed is the word of God. 12Those along the path are the ones who hear it, but then  the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts to keep them from believing  and being saved. 13Those on the rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear,  receive the word with joy, but they have no root. So they believe for a while, but then fall  away in a time of testing. 14The seeds that fell into the thorns are the ones who hear the  word, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries, riches, and pleasures  of life, so they do not mature. 15And the seeds in the good ground are the ones who  hear the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it tightly, and produce fruit as  they patiently endure.     Dear fellow redeemed:  There are two main things in our text for today.  First there is a  parable with its explanation.  Next there is Jesus’ comment on why He chooses to speak in  parables.  They go together.  If we understand how blessed we are to know the secret things of  the kingdom of God, then hopefully we will so treasure God’s word that it takes such deep root  in our hearts that it will withstand the heat of temptation and escape the weeds of mundane  distractions.  So we have     TWO REASONS TO TREASURE GOD’S WORD  I.  The Light that Jesus Brings to It  II.  The Salvation that Jesus Brings through It    I.  The Light that Jesus Brings to It  The first reason to treasure God’s word is that it is, well, a treasure.  It is something of  great value, and it is rare.  Even though you can find a copy in practically every library in the  country and in nearly every motel room in the country, the fact is that God’s word is rarely read,  rarely believed, and rarely understood in the sense of taking it in to heart and mind.  Something terrible things happens when people don’t treasure God’s word, and don’t  believe it.  They lose it.  This is not a new thing that Jesus is talking about.  It has always been so.  Consider the  prophet Amos: “Look, the days are coming, declares the Lord God, when I will send a  ​2    famine into the land— not a famine of bread nor a thirst for water, but rather a famine of  hearing the words of the Lord.” (Amos 8:11, EHV)   This is a consequence, the Lord told Amos, of the people’s indifference to the word of  God.  Isaiah delivered the same message, and Jesus here quotes part of it, ‘even though  they see, they may not see, and even though they hear, they may not understand.’  Even though Jesus spoke clearly it made no sense to many because they had thrown  away the key, namely Jesus. As a result, they could make no sense of even the very heart of  Christianity, the doctrine of Justification by God’s grace through faith in our redeemer, Jesus  Christ.  The Bible clearly teaches that God is absolutely fair and just, giving everyone just what  they deserve.  But the Bible also clearly teaches that God loves the whole world and wants all  to be saved.   What is the key to this paradox?  Jesus!  The justice of God falls on our  substitute, Jesus, so that God’s love may be given to us!  Jesus is the key to this parable also, but without faith in Christ, people just won’t “get it;”  people won’t “get” this or any other parable. However, in knowing Christ, “To you it has been  given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God ….” That    surely    ought    to    gladden    our  hearts, for through the revelation of God’s word we don’t just guess that there is a god, we  know the God who is really there.  We don’t just agonize over whether there is any remedy for  sin, or whether death will swallow us up in eternal despair.  Instead we live in joy, and the  certain hope, looking forward to an eternity in the joy, peace, beauty, pleasure, and fullness of  heaven.  There is danger when someone confuses knowing    about the word with knowing    Christ  and     believing     His     word.  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the  kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 7:21, EHV)   Without faith, just owning one of these Bibles doesn’t mean anything, but knowing  Christ is to have the light that illumines the word and make it understandable.  So, we treasure Scripture for the light that Jesus brings to it, but also for …    II.  The Salvation that Jesus Brings through It  We enter this kingdom, this salvation, through faith that God Himself creates in us by  His Spirit.  Is that reason enough to treasure God’s word – that God gives you forgiveness, life, …

Ephiphany 1-2023

Luke 2:41–52 (EHV) 41Every year his parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 42When he was twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the Festival. 43When the days had ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it. 44Since they thought he was in their group, they went a day’s journey. Then they began to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did…

New Year’s Day-2023

Sermon Text-Luke 2:21 (EHV) “After eight days passed, when the child was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” Dear friends in Christ Jesus, to whom God has given a most blessed name and blessed inheritance in heaven: This is the eighth day of Christmas, the Name-Day of Jesus. Coincidentally, the calendars of some cultures arbitrarily mark the change of year on this day. Far more important, however, is…

Mid-Week Advent 2- 2022

Sermon Text: Judges: Judges 13:2–7; Luke 1:26–38 “The Child Who Is a Virgin’s Great Son” Dear fellow redeemed, gathered in anticipation of the festival of the Nativity of our Lord: We see our Lord’s intervention in history in many ways. Think of Sampson, the hero from our reading out of the book of Judges. He was born of a barren woman, as were others from Isaac to John the Baptizer. Through providential use of natural means, those who hadn’t been…

Advent 2-2022

Sermon Text: Luke 21:25 Dear fellow redeemed: Advent is about faith, faith in God’s promises and prophesies about what is coming. That’s why the people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Here Christ calls us to faith so that we do not miss out on the joy that is in store for us, for Christ is coming. He is coming soon. You will be surprised how soon. So, the message…