1. To preach Christ and Him crucified is to reveal again the revealed God who saves.
  2. This parable does its surprising work of turning everything upside-down, as Christ’s Kingdom always does.
  3. The Kingdom will be manifest when the King wills it, and rest assured, He is a good King.
  4. Jesus cares about the daily details of ordinary bodies and creaturely comforts, just as He cares about the eternal well-being of our souls.
  5. On the one hand, forgiving as Jesus commands us feels impossible. But on the other hand, forgiving as we have been forgiven is the most natural thing in the world
  6. What Jesus promises is better than justice. Jesus promises grace.
  7. This is not just a pericope about hereditary sin and actual sins, nor is it providing a pattern for prayer. It is fundamentally about God our gracious Father and His promise to hear us, answer us, and provide for us.
  8. But it is not always helpful to create tidy categories of good and bad and to say, “Stop being ‘a Martha’ and do a better job of being ‘a Mary.’” That is a dangerous sermon to preach. In doing so, we can fall into the very thing we see Martha doing.
  9. The parable of the Good Samaritan is both a call to faith in Jesus and a call to love our neighbor.
  10. Despite the very real obstacles and difficulties, this entire scene is marked by God’s gracious work.
  11. On every page, in every theme, in every major character and every major plot twist, we are invited to see God’s unfolding work to make all things new and whole in Jesus.
  12. Jesus died for the people who put Him to death. Jesus rose for the people whose minds rejected the idea of a resurrection.

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