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29 September 2013

Sermon: Saint Michael’s Day (Gospel)

29 September AD 2013
The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

Title: Don’t Rejoice ... Rejoice (MP3 Audio)

St. Michael Summary: Call it a lack of perspective. View it as an example of misplaced zeal. Label it a case of “majoring in minors.” No matter, when the seventy-two returned to Jesus and the twelve disciples, they were thrilled with God’s glory and the power of Jesus’ name over demons.

Of course it’s good that Satan and his minions have no power over us. It’s wonderful when demons are driven out and tormented people given peace. Yet however good they are, these are only signs of our true source of joy: Christ died to save sinners and because of Him we are God’s children. God’s true glory isn’t revealed in the demons’ submission to Jesus but in the Son’s submission to His Father’s will.

Yes, Jesus “saw Satan fall like lightning.” But Jesus also saw you raised up from the baptismal waters, named by God and recorded in the Book of Life. In Baptism, our names are “written in heaven” and no matter what befalls us on earth, we know that we’ll be raised up as eternal citizens of the new heavens and the new earth. How can we not rejoice in this!

Luke 10:18 Text: The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”

And [Jesus] said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.

“Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20

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 Don’t Rejoice ... Rejoice, preached to the saints at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kearney, 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 91; Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3; Revelation 12:7-12; Matthew 18:1-11 (alternate Gospel)

Additional Information: For more on this Christian feast, see Saint Michael and All Angels at Aardvark Alley. Ask the Pastor has additional information on the Book of Life.

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