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03 August 2014

Sermon: Trinity 7 (Gospel)

3 August AD 2014

Theme: No Fainting on the Way

Summary: Without enough good food at the right time, we might “faint on the way” to wherever we travel. Jesus, who felt the suffering of the crowd, fed them so they could return home safely on their own ways.

This physical feeding models the even greater and vastly more important feeding humanity receives from Christ, the very Bread of Life come down from Heaven. Lest the cares, concerns, temptations, doubts, and sufferings of this world weaken us and cause us to quit our homeward pilgrimage, He feeds us Himself in Word and Sacrament that we might be nourished as we journey through this life into life everlasting.

Christ calls us to receive Him in Word and water, in bread and wine, that we would have strength and healing for the days ahead. He feeds us also our “First Article” gifts of food, clothing, shelter, and the like, caring for our bodily needs. We joyfully feast on the gifts physical and spiritual, anticipating that great Day when we finally join in the never-ending High Feast of the Lamb.

Jesus Feeding 4000 Text: In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.”

And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?”

And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”

They said, “Seven.”

And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied.

And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. Mark 8:1-9

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 No Fainting on the Way, preached to the saints of God at Trinity Lutheran Church, Norborne, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 33:1-11; Genesis 2:7-17; Romans 6:19-23

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