Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Epiphany - Mark 1:21-28
Jesus is the prophecy, not the prophet. That is weird to say, I know, but I want to say it again to let that sink in - Jesus is the prophecy, not the prophet. Being something spoken rather than just the one who speaks, but that is Jesus. That is Deuteronomy 18 coming to life. A prophet like me will be raised from your brothers. My words I will put in his mouth. Listen to him. Raising up a prophet, but the whole point of the prophet is not to be a prophet but to speak. To say the “Thus saith the Lord…” Words making mention of the work of God.
Sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany - Mark 1:14-20
Jesus is always the one who comes to you, never you to him. That is the focus of Lutheran theology. The work of election. The work of the preacher, to speak in your ears that you might hear. That you awake from your slumber to the light of the countenance of one whose sole job is saving sinners. Who comes to find all those who are wayward, lost, disenchanted, to find them. To save them from themselves, from their sin, from pride and fear and anxiety. From mortality more than immorality. What we call, repentance.