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12 October 2014

Sermon: Proper 23A (OT)

12 October AD 2014
Pentecost 18

Theme: The Feast of the Lord

Isaiah 25:6 Summary: When God invites His people to a feast, He promises only the best food and drink. Yet while he sets our table with rich meats and flavorful wines, He reserved something odd for His own consumption. He promised to swallow the burial cloth that covers all mankind. He declared His intent to devour death.

What Isaiah prophesied, Jesus performed: He dined on death. He swallowed up sin. He destroyed the Devil’s power. On Mount Zion, in an upper room in Jerusalem, Jesus first spread the feast of the New Testament. On the mountainside, He spread His arms and died. He was buried in a tomb on that mountain and from it He arose on the third day.

Because Christ devoured death, we eat life in Him. We “taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)” as we consume Holy Communion and as we hear and believe the saving Word of God proclaiming that Jesus came to save our fallen race.

Isaiah 25:6 Text: On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.

It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Isaiah 25:6-9

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 The Feast of the Lord.

Other Readings: Psalm 23; Philippians 4:4-13; Matthew 22:1-14

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