1. The epistle text from Colossians 1 declares how the great drama of redemption and human history ends.
  2. As the church year ends, we are not give a vision of Jesus on His throne, ruling over a new creation. Instead, we see Jesus ruling from the cross. His grace comes in the midst of suffering and pain.
  3. We look forward to the return of Christ, which fills us with hope that there really is an end to this marathon called life.
  4. The Gospel outpaces all would-be and eventually fleeting identity-makers and brings in the truth of a renewed-in-Christ humanity.
  5. When God does not give you a life free from suffering, He calls you to look for Him in the midst of suffering. There you find Him doing His work, giving you words to speak and promises to hold onto.
  6. Only by faith can we believe the mystery that salvation in all it various forms comes through Jesus, the Son of Righteousness.
  7. Whatever else may be said about the Last Day it consists of these two inseparable things: Christ’s coming and His kingdom people being gathered to Him.
  8. The name of God invites us on a journey to see how God will remain present with his people, listen to their cries for salvation, know their sufferings in such an intimate way so as to incarnate them in Christ.
  9. No efforts to create worship as a delectable dish to attract people to our services will ever work, because it is only what God gives to us in His Word and Sacrament that can satisfy the hungry and thirsty soul.
  10. This parable does its surprising work of turning everything upside-down, as Christ’s Kingdom always does.
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