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Daily Devotion with Pastor Balla for April 30, 2020

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April 30, 2020 at 7:00 am

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Daily Devotion with Pastor Balla for April 29, 2020

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April 29, 2020 at 6:36 am

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Daily Devotion with Pastor Balla for April 28, 2020

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April 28, 2020 at 6:00 am

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Daily Devotion with Pastor Balla for April 27, 2020

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Sermon Only for the 3rd Sunday of Easter April 26, 2020

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April 26, 2020 at 7:49 am

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Daily Devotion with Pastor Balla for April 26, 2020

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April 26, 2020 at 6:03 am

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Third Sunday of Easter Service April 26, 2020

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April 26, 2020 at 5:35 am

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All About Jesus Written Sermon Luke 24: 13-35

All About Jesus
Luke 24:13-35
Third Sundar of Easter
April 26, 2020

Philippians 1:2 (ESV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


It is still the Easter season, Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed, Alleluia.

If we know the Easter greeting, so that make us a Christian? If we know the liturgy that the church uses, can sing the old or newer hymns, know the 6 chief parts of the catechism, or even read the Bible from cover to cover does that make us a Christian, No. I will agree that knowing the previously mentioned items is a good thing, but these do not make a Christian.

As we look at the Gospel reading for today we hear about some disciples of Jesus who spent a lot of time with Jesus, heard the teaching of Jesus, saw the miracles of Jesus, had hoped that Jesus was the Messiah, but was disappointed that Jesus died on the cross, but then heard that Jesus was alive. They had all these facts about Jesus, but they didn’t make the connection who Jesus is and to make matter maybe a little worse, Jesus now appears to them as they were walking and even talking about Jesus. But let’s not judge these disciples too harshly, as the Bible notes they were kept from recognizing that it was Jesus walking with them.

Jesus speaks with the disciples:

Luke 24:25 (ESV) 25 And [Jesus] said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

Wow, Jesus calls them foolish one and slow of heart to believe. But then Jesus gives them the Key to the Bible. Now when I say the key to the Bible, I don’t want to imply the Bible is some special secret source of information that only the elite can understand. Just the opposite, it is so simple, that even a child can have faith. It is us adults that usually struggle, let’s see how Jesus diagnoses their foolishness and slow of heart condition.

Luke 24:26 (ESV) 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”

Notice the Jesus uses the term Christ. This is one of the reasons I like to call Jesus the Christ. Christ means anointed one. That Jesus the Christ was annotated to suffer, die to atone for the sins of the whole world. Our salvation is wrapped in a plan of suffering and death. The disciples had hoped Jesus would be the Christ, but they didn’t see the suffering, death, and resurrection in the scriptures, what we would call the Old Testament. Was this information really there. Again, notice was Jesus does:

Luke 24:27 (ESV) 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

We may not quickly realize the importance of this verse. A typical reaction is that since it is not one of the red words, in some Bible the words of Jesus are in red color, that the words are not as important. Since the Old Testament, was written before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, again many people consider them as secondary. But notice that is exactly where Jesus points the disciple. The Bible notes that Jesus interpreted all of Holy Scriptures about Himself. We need to remember that the Bible is designed to show us our salvation, so all of Scriptures points to Jesus. The Bible is all about Jesus, His suffering and His glory.

After all this teaching and unpacking of Holy Scriptures to the disciples, the disciples invite Jesus to their home. When Jesus broke the bread in their home, then they realized that this was Jesus. Again, this is a beautiful teaching point, even though Jesus isn’t speaking any words. As Lutherans we have a strong emphasis on God’s Word and celebrating the Sacrament. The Word of God was being spoked about, taught, and then revealed when Jesus broke the bread. Then they realize, then they saw Jesus for who He really is, and then, Jesus disappears. Their response was to go back and tell the rest of the disciples. But notice the change in the disciples. They had a stronger level of confidence because Jesus revealed Himself to them in Word and Sacrament. They bold to return even at night, because of that confidence.

How do we apply Jesus for us today? We need to realize it is all about Jesus. Faith is a gift given by God, so we receive it by grace. Even in the Old Testament the Psalmist notes our receiving action from God for our salvation: Psalm 24:5 (ESV) 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Since faith is a gift we receive, and we receive it through God’s Word and Sacrament, our confidence increases as we attached ourselves more to God’s Word and Sacrament. The disciples reaction after they realized who Jesus is:

Luke 24:32 (ESV) 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

You could say this is the fun part of studying God’s Word. When we see the connections to Jesus throughout the Bible, our hearts burn with joy and confidence. You are never too old or too young to study God’s Word. We can always learn something new. This knowledge of Scriptures, hymns (which is based upon Holy Scriptures) , liturgy (which is Holy Scriptures) gives us more confidence in Jesus while we are living in this world.

It is still the Easter season, Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed, Alleluia.

We know the Easter greeting. Christ Jesus has completed our salvation and our strength to live in this world comes from Jesus for it is all about Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 (ESV) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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April 26, 2020 at 2:00 am

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Daily Devotion with Pastor Balla for April 25, 2020

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April 25, 2020 at 6:00 am

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Daily Devotion with Pastor Balla for April 24, 2020

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April 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

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