Jesus Counsels the Sardis (and Mankato) Congregation

Nov 12, 2006
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Judgment
Hymns: 227, 656, Jesus the Son of God Our Lord, 54
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord, open my heart to hear Your Word. Open my heart to hear the rebuke of Your Law and lead me to repentance. Open my heart to hear the soothing message of the Gospel and forgive my sins. Open my heart to hear Your instruction for my life and service to You. Open my mouth and heart to give praise to Your holy name, and hear me when I pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 62

First Reading: 

2 Chronicles 32:1-22

The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, was going to attack Jerusalem. Judah’s king, Hezekiah, made preparations for war. But he also reminded the people that their enemies came with an arm of flesh, but the Lord was with them. Sennacherib arrogantly scoffed at the Lord and tried to intimidate the people, but in the end God gave His people an amazing victory.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 22:1-14

In Jesus’ day, the host of a wedding feast often provided a new garment for all of his guests. In Jesus’ parable, the man without a wedding garment had no excuse. He had refused the garment and when that was discovered he was cast out. The wedding feast represents the fullness of salvation. The wedding garment is Jesus’ righteousness which God freely offers to all sinners, and without it no sinner can have eternal life.