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Common bronze, common wood, common Moses—this is God working in his way of the Gospel. No force or coercion or pressure, but only the handing out of eternal gifts.
He went forth in the sorrow of our sin. He came back in the joy of having ransomed those he loves, bringing his harvest, the fruit of his cross, with him, into Heaven.
The preaching of the cross leaves me with nothing of my own to bring to the table for my own benefit. The preaching of the cross leaves me as nothing but recipient.
It is the life of faith, which itself is a gift of God,
that trusts, not in what we do, but what has been done completely for
us by Christ alone. Therefore, the Psalmist says "you have...
Jesus came to suffer. He came in weakness. He came to be killed. That is the only Christ we are to know.
The question is whether or not your sin is counted against you. Or was it counted against Christ? If Christ took it, it his.
Jesus does it all for us. He’s baptized to be numbered with us and to take our sin upon himself. He is driven into the wilderness to be afflicted with our every temptation, yet without...
Now we see repentance as gift. We don’t bring it on ourselves. It is the Lord’s work.
How is the sinner to be able to come to the Lord’s Table and receive the Body and Blood not in fear, but in the confidence that this Body and this Blood, they are for...