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God has it all planned: when the mortal is swallowed up by life, we will be given a spiritual body, like Jesus’ upon the resurrection. So, we are always of good courage.
Camping can be fun, but when the tent leaks and collapses, it is better to move into a building. This is how Paul sees our earthly bodies. They are temporary. Our spiritual bodies, upon our resurrection, are permanent.
Nicodemus came to visit Jesus one night, to make sure he was saved. Jesus told him that he needed to be born of water and the spirit. Isaiah was commissioned to be a prophet. Peter also proclaimed the Gospel. You and I are in good company!
It had been ten days since Jesus’ ascension. The disciples were still together in one place. They were afraid to speak about Christ. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, things changed. They became courageous and preached in many languages.
The apostle Paul prays to Lord to enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we may see Him better. The power of God is shown in Christ’s resurrection and ascension. This guarantees our salvation!
Last Sunday’s and today’s Gospel lessons compare our relationship with Jesus to a grape vine. A more familiar analogy might be an apple tree. Jesus is the vine or tree, and we are the branches. When we remain firmly attached to Christ, we are able to bear much fruit for God’s glory and the growth of His kingdom.
Philip was a disciple of Jesus. He was one of those who received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day. Now he is teaching a foreigner about Jesus while riding in a chariot. The church keeps growing as you also go places.
In our world there is a great number of voices competing for our attention. Unless we know our Shepherd’s voice, it will be impossible to hear Him. We train our ears when we meet with Him in His house.
Jesus appeared in the upper room and greeted His disciples with: “Shalom — Peace.” He also opened Scripture to them and promised to send them the gift the Father had promised: The Holy Spirit.
The power of the church is the power of God’s word. The church has nothing to do with military power. The power comes from Christ and finds expression in love. Yet, the church administers its affairs at Christ’s command.
Death has been destroyed! We celebrate the new life in Christ because it is eternal and perfect. The disgrace has been removed from us. We are free from the wages of sin. We rejoice in the resurrection – Christ’s and ours.
Earthly kings make much of their triumphal entries. Weeks of preparations preceded this auspicious occasion. Not so with Jesus. He, through being true God, puts on the form of a humble servant. He serves us in His death.
Jesus catechizes His disciples in the way of the cross, revealing that He will be condemned and put to death “and after three days he will rise” (Mark 10:33–34). But the Twelve do not understand.
There has never been a single person who earned heaven. Heaven, salvation, the forgiveness of sin and a sanctified life are all gifts from God. It is through Christ’s sacrifice for us that we are saved.
There were countless images of pagan gods. People carved them out of wood, stone, or cast them in metal. Now, the one true God forbids His people to make an image of Him. He is different.