Daily Lectionary: Exodus 34:29-35:21; Luke 7:36-50

“Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.” (Small Catechism: Third Commandment)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. If you knew that a million dollars was going to be given out after the sermon each week, what would you do? You would never ever miss church, right? You wouldn’t even think about it! After all, you could get a million dollars after the sermon!

Yet, every Sunday, our Lord gives away eternal life at your church. Every Sunday, Jesus takes what He won for you with His Holy Life and bitter sufferings and death and makes it yours in the Word, in Holy Baptism, in the sermon, and in the Lord’s Supper.

And the cost? How much would you give for eternal life? A million dollars? A trillion dollars? All that you have? No, the cost is all that Jesus had—His life, and His death. Salvation has been earned by Jesus and delivered to you solely by grace, that is, as a gift. It is received by faith alone.

Which is more important to you? The money or the forgiveness? Well, how do you live? You make all sorts of things higher priorities than church, don’t you? Sports? School? Staying out late? Yet you wouldn’t miss church if something really significant were going on, like a ton of money being given away.

Repent of your sins and cling to your Savior. For the glory of God is that Jesus died for you anyway. He has given you another opportunity to hear His Word of forgiveness. You have been raised again to a life no longer despising or treating His Word like it’s nothing but clinging to Jesus’ Word of pardon as if your life depends upon it—because it does.

In the sermon this weekend, you get something more precious than a million dollars. You receive Jesus: His Cross, His forgiveness, His life, His salvation. Glory be to Jesus! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

“You shall observe the worship day That peace may fill your home, and pray, And put aside the work you do, so that God may work in you.” Have mercy, Lord! (These Are the Holy Ten Commands, LSB 581:4)

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