Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lent: A sermon worth hearing


Reverend Borghardt of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Conroe Texas gave this Ash Wednesday sermon. The clarity and power of Christ is clear and strong.

Here are a couple of excerpts...

"Behold the Father’s love for you: Jesus who knew no sin has become sin for you. He became your punishment. He became your suffering. He became your beating. He became your flogging. He became your death.

Today, Jesus rescues you. He breaks into your world and like a child takes your face and turns it toward the Father. To tell you the hard word of Law. He has put ashes on your forehead. He’s reminded you of your death. Dust you are. Dust you will become.

But, your Heavenly Father has more in Lent. He has Jesus. Fix your eyes off you and bring them to the Cross. Watch Jesus making His Way to the cross for you through Lent!Watch what Jesus does. He did really completely fulfill the Law for you - every Law. He loved His Father above all things. He loved you as He loved Himself. He never sinned. Not once, not ever. And He did that not sinning for you.

Then, He took upon Himself your sins, your punishment, your beatings, your shame, even your death and suffered and died to free you from them. To wash your sins away - not with some false “it’s going to be better for you,” but by His holy precious blood and innocent suffering and innocent death. And all your sins died with Him. All your disobedience, all your transgression, all are forgiven. "

Listen to Reverend Borghardt's Sermon here.


Read Reverend Borghardt's sermon here.

6 comments:

Josh Evans said...

I'm pretty sure Law and Gospel can't get much clearer.

JBrandt said...

...or more powerful...or more relevant...or more useful...
Dump the pseudo-clever, psycho-babble. Dump the most relevant book on the Christian-Book-of-the-Hour shelf at Zondervans.

Preach Christ crucified with this power and clarity.

Julianne said...

I can't wait to listen to this. I'm in need of a clear articulation of the Law and Gospel.

JBrandt said...

...and a great Lenten sermon to boot!

Julianne said...

Thanks for posting the sermon. I'm glad I listened to it, and hope to recommend it to other people.

Aaron Brandt said...

Bumper music, "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay, stolen from the Squeaky Boards.