We Are All Sick with Sin, But Cured by Christ!

Mar 3, 2002
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Justification
Hymns: 8; 322; 310/305; 52
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I confess my many sins. Forgive me. Restore to me the joy of the salvation You have given me. Use the Gospel in Word and Sacrament this morning to strengthen the faith of all who are gathered here so that we may go forward into the week renewed and with a fresh zeal to live for You and serve you in all that we do. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 25

First Reading: 

Romans 8:1-11

The Law of God cannot save sinners. It only condemns us because we have broken it and continue to do so daily. Yet, there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ because Jesus was put "under the law," kept it for us, died for the sins we commit, and rose again to life. There is no other solution to sin and death; but it is a complete solution and through Jesus we live, now, spiritually and will be raised to live physically with Him forever in heaven!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 20:17-28

As the time drew nearer for His death, Jesus continued to show His disciples what He would suffer in Jerusalem. Two of the disciples asked for special honor (not really knowing for what they were asking) which displeased the other disciples. The request and displeasure both flowed out of attitudes centered on self. Jesus instructed the disciples with His example. Jesus did not come to be served (selfishness), but to serve (self-lessness) and give His life a ransom for sins.