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Commentary on Matthew 28:1-10

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves.

Matthew 28:1-10 is the Gospel reading for the Resurrection of Our Lord Sunday (Easter Day), Series A.

This text follows Matthew’s account of the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus in chapter 27. At the end of Matthew 27 the chief priests and Pharisees come before Pilate on Saturday evening (the end of the Sabbath Day) to request that the tomb (27:64) be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate gives them permission to secure the tomb by sealing it and setting up a guard of their own soldiers to secure it (Matthew 27:65-66). This is how Saturday ends.

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Strange times…

Sermon Text: John 12:20-26.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves.

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us pray… Lord God, bless your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as you have promised, your Word may achieve the purpose for which you sent it; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

These are indeed very strange times; times that even our oldest members have never been through. A quick look at the local obituaries reveals that although people are still dying, no one is having a funeral service. Now that did happen on occasion before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now everyone is being forced to delay such events until this pandemic is over – sometime in the future. Strange times indeed.

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Commentary: John 12:20-26

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves.

This is part one of one the texts (John 12:20-43) suggested for Palm/Passion Sunday, Series A. Below is a very basic commentary on this text.

In John’s Gospel this text follows Mary’s anointing of Jesus for His burial (John 12:1-8); the plot to kill the raised Lazarus (John 12:9-11); and Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (John 12:12-19).

In 12:19 the Pharisees comment on Jesus’ popularity: “Look, the world has gone after him.” 12:20 confirms this:

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.