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30 July 2011

Sermon: Proper 13 (Epistle)

Pentecost 7 — 30 July AD 2011

Sermon Theme: Cursed and Cut Off

NooseSummary: After proclaiming the wonderful promises and blessings belonging to the believer, Paul turns to a much more uncomfortable topic: His own people are rejecting their Messiah and in danger of eternal condemnation.

Paul offers a potential wish — a wish that is contrary to fact and to any possibility of happening — that he himself could be damned that they might be saved. This, of course, cannot be. However, it was because Christ suffered the curse, the cutting off, the condemnation, even the damnation due sinners that that curse was lifted from Paul and from all who believe in Jesus as their Savior.

Therefore, the only thing that will save Israel is that which saves us: The atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. So also we are unable to rescue any of our loved ones from eternal damnation but we fervently pray that our loving God, through His Word and Holy Spirit, might accomplish the same rescue for them that He has for us.

Text: I am speaking the truth in Christ — I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit — that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. Romans 9:1-5

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 MP3 of Cursed and Cut Off, preached to the saints of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 136:1-9; Isaiah 55:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21

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