Explanation of the Week
The Pharisees ask a Law question. Jesus asks a Gospel question. The Pharisees seek to trap Jesus in His own words. Jesus seeks to “trap” them in the saving reality of who He is as the Messiah (Matt 22:34-46). The Law requires you to “fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” and to “love the stranger” (Deut 10:12-21). Failure to keep the Law perfectly brings judgment. On the other hand, the Gospel brings the grace of God given by Jesus Christ, that you may be blameless in the day of His return (1 Cor 1:1-9). Jesus is David’s Son yet David’s Lord, true God and true man. He is Love incarnate who fulfilled all the demands of God’s Law on our behalf, that we might be saved from the Law’s condemnation and sanctified in the Gospel’s forgiveness. Thereby we see that “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Explanation of the week is from sanctus.org
This week we are blessed to receive the Sacrament of the Altar, the Lord’s Supper, as well as witness three baptisms! God’s Word tells us that through these sacraments, God pours out His grace upon us, forgives us our sins, and grants us faith. It will be a beautiful morning as we receive God’s gifts that he promises us in His Word!
We’ll also be hearing from Gloria Deo Ensemble again as they sing “Borning Cry” by the late John Ylvisaker. “Borning Cry” is a song that has been traditionally been sung at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Sundays where we have a baptism. You can listen to John sing “Borning Cry” on YouTube. https://youtu.be/pJI3NFT5T_c