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SERMON FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER, APRIL 19, 2015

Vicar Zachary Marklevitz


Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.” Today, these words bring us great comfort. We even teach our children to sing, “I am Jesus’ little lamb.” Yet, when Jesus first spoke these words many listeners were offended. With these words Jesus was claiming to be more than a good teacher; He was claiming to be the good shepherd. Only God was proclaimed to be the good shepherd. God said in Ezekiel 34, “Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out.” Jesus’ words meant more than Him being a good teacher, it meant He was God.


In Old Testament passages the Jewish people had been warned of shepherds who destroyed and scattered God’s sheep. Jesus spoke of them as false prophets. They came in sheep’s clothing but inwardly were ravenous wolves recognized by the fruit of their works. Jesus’ works included healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, giving speech to the mute, giving step to the paralyzed, casting out demons of the possessed, and raising the dead. His works were the good fruit of God. “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.” Still, his words cost him his life.


Jesus knew what it meant to be a good shepherd, “The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” He does not leave his sheep or flee in time of danger. He cares for his sheep that they might come first. A few verses before today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says, “I am the door of the sheep.” He is both the door and the Shepherd. He is the door that keeps out the thieves and the wolves. He alone is the door that keeps us safe. It isn’t our finances, our academic degrees, or career achievements that keep us safe. It is Christ alone.

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Quasimodogeniti, 12 April 2015

JOHN 20:24-29: Quasimodogeniti, 12 April 2015
Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center
The Rev. Jason D. Lane


CHRIST IS RISEN!  The text is John 20:24-29. [24] NOW, ONE OF THE TWELVE, THOMAS (CALLED “THE TWIN”) WASN’T WITH THE DISCIPLES WHEN JESUS CAME.  25] THE OTHER DISCIPLES TOLD HIM, “WE’VE SEEN THE LORD!”  BUT HE TOLD THEM, “UNLESS I SEE THE NAIL MARKS IN HIS HANDS AND STICK MY FINGER WHERE THE NAILS WERE AND STICK MY HAND INTO HIS SIDE, I WON’T BELIEVE IT!”


26] A WEEK LATER, HIS DISCIPLES WERE IN THE HOUSE AGAIN AND THOMAS WAS WITH THEM.  THOUGH THE DOORS WERE LOCKED, JESUS CAME AND STOOD AMONG THEM AND SAID, “PEACE TO YOU!”  27] THEN HE TOLD THOMAS, “PUT YOUR FINGER HERE; LOOK AT MY HANDS.  REACH OUT YOUR HAND AND STICK IT INTO MY SIDE.  AND STOP DOUBTING AND BELIEVE.”
28] THOMAS SAID TO HIM, “MY LORD AND MY GOD!”

29] JESUS TOLD HIM, “YOU’VE BELIEVED BECAUSE YOU’VE SEEN ME.  BLESSED ARE THE ONES WHO HAVEN’T SEEN AND YET BELIEVED.”  CHRIST IS RISEN!

 

The first order of business on Easter Morning—well, after He stormed the gates of hell and took the keys—was to sent word to His disciples to head up north to Galilee where He’d meet them. So how come on Easter night, He was still down in Jerusalem? Because they were still down in Jerusalem.  Because they wouldn’t go to Galilee, because they didn’t believe He was alive, because they just didn’t trust Him to do what He said. They weren’t much.  But on the other hand, they were His, and He wasn’t going to leave without them.  When they were overwhelmed with sorrow, before he was betrayed, He told them, “YOU WILL SEE ME AGAIN AND YOU WILL REJOICE.”  He was right. That evening, He walked in on them—solid body through solid door—to prove it, to shove the evidence in their face, if it came to that…so close you can touch. CHRIST IS RISEN! Whatever it took, He wasn’t going to leave without them.

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THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD – APRIL 16, 2006
TEXT: MARK 16:1-8
WHO WILL ROLL THE STONE AWAY?


Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.    Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  Dear hearers of the Word made flesh; the resurrection of the Crucified One is God’s act.  God did not consult you or me in raising Christ.  In both the sacrifice of Good Friday and the marvel of Easter morning, God acted contrary to human wisdom and beyond mortal logic.  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!


Not one person thought the man Jesus would or could rise bodily from death.  Not even the loyal women who loved Him believed His promise that He would rise on the third day.  When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early, on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”        

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Good Friday Noonday Service

Good Friday Noonday Service, Luther Memorial Chapel, 4-3-2015
Vicar Zachary Marklevitz


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Those who were crucified in Jesus’ time were crucified outside the city of Jerusalem. This served as a warning to outsiders and symbolized how these guilty criminals were no longer part of the Jewish community. The people that were condemned by death on a tree were “out of place” with the rest of society. This communicated the punishment of being guilty before the civil law.


God also communicates the punishment of being guilty to His Law. James 2 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” Romans 3 says, “…[A]ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and “the wages of sin is death.” God’s law is unmistakable. We all are guilty!


    God is an impartial Judge. His judgment is not subjective to how we compare to others. Our sin will not be placed on a bell curve and there is no extra credit. Every thought, word, and deed will be exposed before Him. We all deserve the same punishment, which is to be damned eternally and to be out of place with God forever!

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Good Friday Chief Service

Sermon for April 3, 2015, at Luther Memorial Chapel
Good Friday Chief Service
Vicar Zachary Marklevitz


What is truth? Pilate asked Jesus this very question. What is truth? This question continues to be raised today. Our lives are bombarded with others telling us what truth is. Often, companies use advertisements to make us aware of a “hidden” problem that only their product can solve; or at least solve it better. Major companies spend millions of dollars a year in attempting to bring us to “full awareness” of a hidden problem and the so-called truth of their product.  


Also, the media is anxious to answer the question, “What is truth?” Often, they undermine the opposing perspective and embellish their own view. Many times the media feeds into, or even creates issues to divide certain groups of people. Culture wars develop and the media has more opportunities to promote their name. This can result in people being outraged, assumptions being made, their words twisted, and lies. In the aftermath of mass propaganda, we are still left asking, “What is truth?”

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PALM/PASSION SUNDAY – MARCH 29, 2015

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY – MARCH 29, 2015
TEXT: ZECH. 9:9-12/PHIL. 2:5-11/MT. 27:11-54
REJOICE GREATLY…BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU; RIGHTEOUS AND HAVING SALVATION IS HE!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting


Dear hearers of the Word made flesh: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion…behold your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he…!  What is it that you would have King Jesus do for you this Holy Week?  If you could have anything changed in your life what request would you make of this King. Would it be for a more joyful life of faith and prayer and love for others?  Would it be for the conversion of others to Christ and your courage in witnessing Christ and your fervor in supporting Gospel proclamation? Would it be for what you have already prayed today – “that you may every hail Him as your King, and when He comes again may go forth to meet Him with a trusting and steadfast heart and follow Him in the way that leads to eternal life?”  Or would it first be for a laundry list of personal problems and material benefits in this passing world?

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