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28 March 2013

Sermon: Holy Thursday C (OT)

Maundy Thursday
28 March AD 2013

Title: Taste Test (MP3 Audio)

Last Supper Summary: When we reject the invitation to “taste and see that the Lord is good,” God may clear the banquet table, replacing feast with famine. Rather than the richness of His forgiving Word and blessed Sacraments, we might find ourselves chewing on the emptiness of Satan’s promises, the toxins of this world’s table, and the bitterness of our own hearts.

We cannot prepare a proper spiritual diet for ourselves, nor can we bring ourselves to the eternal banquet, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom. Only God can set this table. Here and now, for us poor, starving creatures, He sets the rich fare of Jesus’ body and blood. Jesus, who swallowed death, invites us to swallow life as we commune in true faith.

Text: The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds. Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who dwells in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”

“And on that day,” declares the Lord God, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land — not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.

“In that day the lovely virgins and the young men shall faint for thirst. Those who swear by the Guilt of Samaria, and say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’ and, ‘As the Way of Beersheba lives,’ they shall fall, and never rise again.” Amos 8:7-14

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 Taste Test, 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 116:12-19; Hebrews 10:15-25; Luke 22:7-20

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