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Quinquagesima (1885)

Quinquagesima (1885)

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Published by David Juhl
Outline on Luke 18:31-43
Outline on Luke 18:31-43

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Luke 18:31-43 We stand at the entrance of holy Passiontide. This Sunday with its Gospel introduces us to the mystery of the redeeming suffering and death of our Savior, which in the following weeks should form the principal subject of our consideration. No time of the year has been honored by the Christian church as this, both by the large number of its weeks as well as through the establishment of special divine services and the demand on all her members to withdraw into it more than anything else from all distractions of this world. Even no wedding celebration should disturb the holy seriousness of this time. This time is called fasting time [Lent], and calls us to a more withdrawn, more moderate, more austere life. But such external regulations are thus praiseworthy, however the word of Luther applies to them: "Fasting and bodily preparation is indeed a fine, outward discipline." We must seek to obtain the proper blessing elsewhere. When will the upcoming Passiontide be a proper blessing to us? 1. when we make the suffering and death of Jesus Christ the subject of our ongoing and serious consideration; a. The purpose of Passiontide is contemplating the Passion. With the word "See" Christ makes His disciples mindful that He would impart something important to them, namely his upcoming suffering and death, whereby they should be eyewitnesses and earwitnesses. This is true for us at this time also! See, we should hear at this time the most important, most harrowing and at the same time sanctifying truths, and at the same time accompany the Lord in the Spirit as eyewitnesses and earwitnesses in His agonizing going to death, in which He sought our salvation; b. how we should set about the contemplation of the suffering and death of Christ1; the Lord thereby shows in the Old Testament and asks for serious contemplation, as the prophecies about this have been fulfilled; He therefore connects the Old and New Testament as an inseparable whole, because that one confirms the other one, this one is a fulfilling of the other one. The single most beneficial contemplation of the Passion will be that we hold prophecy and fulfillment next to each other: α. handed over to the Gentiles - prophesied in Psalm 22:172 fulfilled in Matthew 27:2, 27; β. mocked, reviled and spit upon3, prophesied in Psalm 22:7-9; Psalm 109:25; Isaiah 50:6, fulfilled in Matthew 27:39, 41, 44 and Matthew 26:67; γ. scourged prophesied in Isaiah 50:6, fulfilled in Matthew 26:26; δ. killed, and that on the cross, prophesied Isaiah 53:8-9; Psalm 22:17; Deuteronomy 27:26-27, cf. Galatians 3:13, fulfilled Luke 23:33-46; ε. rise again - prophesied Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10; Psalm 47:6, fulfilled John 19:29; dividing of

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Luke 18:31b-33. The Gentiles are often referred as dogs in Scripture, Matthew 15:27; Revelation 22:15. 3 Luke 18:32.

garments, Psalm 22:19, fulfilled Matthew 27:35; His lament on the cross, Psalm 22:1, fulfilled Matthew 27:46. First of all, such contemplation will have the fruit to strengthen wonderfully faith in the truth of Holy Scripture, and second of all to make alive before our eyes the suffering image of Jesus in His incomparable glory and beauty as in His harrowing seriousness to Christians. But the most important is, 2. when we seek to understand it ever better and to believe more firmly; a. to understand it ever better, α. no one is able to do this of himself, as the example of the apostle shows4, the Holy Spirit must give it and therefore wants to be asked, as this is a comforting example of the blind man in today's Gospel5; β. but the proper understanding consists in that one should in that respect recognize the reason of it, our sins, and the fruit of our redemption and reconciliation6, b. ever firmly to believe that we have redemption in Jesus by His blood, namely the forgiveness of sins. This faith apprehends the fruit of the Passion, as the faith of the blind man [apprehends] the help of the Lord.7 O.H.

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Luke 18:34. Luke 18:41-42. 6 Isaiah 53; John 1:29. 7 Luke 18:43.

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