Luke says that Jesus “set his face” toward Jerusalem. But he was more than merely resolute or determined. He seems eager – urgent – driven to get to his goal. Setting aside his usual ministry pattern, Jesus goes quickly from village to village on the way to his crucifixion. “For the joy set before him…” […]
We often wonder which part we play in a Bible story? Are we more like those awful Pharisees, or are we like the sick or the sinful whom Jesus heals and forgives? Perhaps we are playing all these parts. And now, having been forgiven by Jesus, we have the great blessing of standing in his […]
I hate to ruin the suspense for you, but Jesus’ appearance on the mount of Transfiguration contains some clear messages about what the future will bring. This great event falls right in the middle of the gospels, and forms the high point, the literal mountain top experience from which we can see most clearly what […]
Jesus’ disciples are happy and eager to follow him… when it means victory and significance. But when Jesus says that their destination is the cross? Not so much. Are we really interested in Joining Jesus on His Mission if that’s where we’re going? I hope so… because that’s Jesus’ only destination!
We’ve been talking a lot about “joining Jesus” on his mission this year because that’s a handy way to talk about being a disciple (and it’s also the title of a good book). But when we talk about “joining” we’re not just talking about getting a membership card. Jesus says that he is the “Bread […]
When we think of this story in the Gospels we often think of it as Jesus walking on the water – or Peter walking on the water – or Peter sinking – or the disciples being afraid. But what is the real center of the story? It’s really about Jesus overcoming all things for us. […]
Last week Jesus only healed one person in a crowd, but in today’s text Jesus expects his disciples to feed a crowd of more than 5,000! “YOU give them something to eat,” he says. But that’s impossible! And yet, that’s the greatest Gospel good news in our text. Jesus invites us to share in his […]
When we think about Joining Jesus on his mission, we think of the Great Commission to reach “all nations.” That’s an impossible task! And yet, when Jesus comes to the Pool of Bethesda where crowds of sick people are waiting, he makes his way past many desperate people to heal just one man. Is there […]
Jesus calms a storm, but the message is not just about his power. It is about his presence. Here is the gospel, that Jesus is present with us in the storm.
Using the theme for this academic year at Concordia, Rev. John Rathje will talk about how God calls us to serve together as One Family in the new year – and at the same time to be Set Apart, to be different from the world around us.
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