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11 November 2012

Sermon: Proper 27B (Epistle)

11 November AD 2012 (Pentecost 24)

Title: One-Time Offer (MP3 Audio)

Summary: Once-in-a-lifetime, will-not-be-repeated, act-now offers constantly bombard us, warning us that if we dawdle, we’ll miss out on the ultimate deal of all time. Of course, there’s more than a tad bit of exaggeration in most of these ads.

Today, however, we hear of Christ’s one-time, unrepeatable sacrifice of Himself on the cross. He calls us not to repeated offerings of self and possessions but to the never-ending reception of His merits which were won on Golgotha and are delivered in Word and Sacrament.

Jesus, Our Great High Priest
Text: For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:24-28

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of One-Time Offer, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 146; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Mark 12:38-44

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