TOPIC INDEXJustification (18)
  1. The worship service is less like servants entering the throne room to wait on the king’s needs and more like a father joining his family around the dining room table.
  2. Isaiah speaks to our time. He speaks to our rejoicing now and an anticipated joy-filled future. Christ’s coming, Christmas, brings them both.
  3. The accent of Scripture emphasized that Christ is for you. Yes, you. He’s not for the perfect people of our imaginations. He’s not just for Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, or Paul. Christ is also for you.
  4. God not only unites us to himself by the death and resurrection of his Son; he unites us, the church, together and to himself under Christ as his children.
  5. When a manager faces imminent termination by his wealthy master for mishandling his wealth, what will he do? Where can he turn? In this challenging parable, Jesus teaches us that our salvation lies outside of ourselves and our works.
  6. This petition is proof that the Christian life is not a practice in perfectionism. Rather, it is a life of dying and rising, lived under the cross of Christ, in the continual forgiveness of our sins.
  7. What then does this sequence of stories teach us? It teaches us a pertinent lesson about the Christian life.
  8. Should we really be surprised that it would happen this way, that the servant would suffer for our salvation and die for our forgiveness?
  9. His kingdom is not one of force and might for our exploitation and his gain, but one of his patience and long-suffering for our benefit.
  10. He calls us to suffer as Christ suffered. That is, we are to suffer in service to our neighbor even if they caused the injustice.
  11. The Holy Spirit gathers us together and keeps the church in the true faith, and He does it all by way of the Gospel.

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