Romans, Lesson 26: What Those in Christ Have

The stronger brother is chided not to abuse his Christian freedom toward the weaker brother (Romans 14:13-21), for what does not proceed from faith is sin (Romans 14:23).  Apart from faith, everything a person does is tainted with sin and, thus, not perfect enough to merit anything before God.  So, we turn to Christ to […]

Luke 19:41-48: Jesus, the Incarnate Temple, Brings True Peace

Jeri was breathtakingly beautiful. All the men wanted to be with her, and all the women wanted to be her. But more than that, she was intelligent and industrious. She also had the best husband in the world, someone who was faithful, loyal, and caring, someone who sacrificed for her. Jeri’s husband made sure that […]

John 20:19-23: Jesus Still Speaks His Forgiveness Today

The Lenten season is finished.  And yet, we don’t move on to something better, even though we have broken our Lenten fast with the Easter feast.  For what can be better for us than Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes our sins away? In our Gospel reading, we find Jesus still fresh from […]

The Office of the Holy Ministry: John 20:19-31

When Jesus speaks His divine peace to His disciples, He shows them His wounds He received on the cross.  For Jesus, the crucified One, is now risen from the dead.  He is the Messiah–and His wounds prove it. But Thomas denied what he hadn’t experienced.  Instead, Thomas demanded a religious experience of his own choosing […]