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19 April 2015

Sermon: Why Are You Troubled?

Preached on Luke 24:36-49
Easter 3B — 19 April AD 2015

Title: Why Are You Troubled? (MP3 Audio)

Walter and Laura Snyder Summary: God never promised a trouble-free life. However, He sent His Son to take our troubles — our fears, our needs, our worries, our sins — upon Himself.

Sin is our biggest trouble and death is sin’s most troubling messenger. Christ claimed both the sins of all mankind and all of their troubling consequences. He carried them throughout His life, suffering, and death. He left every sin and each attendant problem behind in the grave. The Resurrection proclaims His victory over them.

He showed Himself bodily raised from the dead. He could touch and talk, eat and drink. He promises that His resurrection and belongs to all who believe in Him. The fruits of His victory belong to the believers.

While we still live in this fallen Creation, we’ll continue being troubled. Doubt, fear, and guilty conscience may all visit us. We have no guarantee that God will prevent more trouble than we can bear from overtaking us. However, we have a Savior who carried our troubles to the cross and who invites us to hand over all of them to Him.

Jesus’ calls all believers to receive rest from this life’s burdens (see Matthew 11:28-30). Likewise, Peter reminds you to stop worrying and instead to lay “all your anxieties on [Christ], because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)”

This was preached during the first service at Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas. Not long after I left the pulpit, my younger daughter was commissioned as a Lutheran school teacher. I thought that the day’s Gospel spoke directly to the concerns of a new graduate with a new vocation in a new location and made a few references to Laura, her family and friends, and her new church and school during the sermon.

Riojas: Christ Shows His Wounds Text: As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!”

But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.

And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you.

“But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:36-49

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 Why Are You Troubled?

NB: A few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio with Windows Media 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 4; Acts 3:11-21; 1 John 3:1-7

Illustration: Line drawing from Art of the Church Year by Ed Riojas, available through Higher Things Store.

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