The Lord’s Ministry in Galilee, by Louis A. Dole

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“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” – Matthew 4:23

Readings

Isaiah 55 · Matthew 3 · Psalm 34

Sermon

The Gospels are the record of the Lord’s life among men. That life was the Divine Life itself seeking men. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” And it is written, “As many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

The beloved disciple John begins his first Epistle with the words, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life… declare we unto you.” John had been one of the Lord’s most faithful disciples. He had been with the Lord on the sea, had heard Him teaching on the mountain, had been with Him when He blessed the little children, healed the sick, fed the multitude, stilled the storm, and liberated the poor demoniac, had seen the Lord transfigured. He remembered also those last days in Jerusalem, the awful tragedy of the crucifixion, and the jeers of the people. And after the Lord had risen from the dead and was present with new and greater power, and His Gospel was being carried by the disciples to all parts of the world, the same John was granted in vision to see Him as one “like unto the Son of man” with every attribute of Divine power and glory, and multitudes filling the heavens and saying, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

Let us make sure that our souls honor and grasp this essential fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is God seeking us. It is Divine Love and Wisdom clothed with our nature, veiling their infinite splendors, accommodating themselves to our human conditions, meeting us, appealing to us face to face. There is no story so wonderful as this coming of God to men – the Perfect Life giving itself for the life of the world, the Word made flesh and dwelling among us.

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“Sir, we would see Jesus,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Sir, we would see Jesus.” – John 12:21

Readings

Isaiah 49:7-17 · John 12:12-26 · Psalm 33:1-11

Sermon

Today is celebrated throughout the Christian Church as Palm Sunday in memory of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem amid the acclamations of the people.

Earlier in His ministry, after He had performed the miracle of feeding the five thousand, the multitude sought to make Him their king and, knowing what was in their hearts, He withdrew from them. But the multitude followed on to Capernaum, where the next day they found Him. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, told them that they were following Him because of the loaves and fishes. Then He told them that they were laboring for the bread that satisfieth not, and that He had come into the world to teach them the things of eternal life. When He finished telling them of His mission, it is recorded that many of His disciples went back and walked no more with Him. They were natural minded and though they had heard Him and witnessed His miracles, when He told them to “labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,” they were angered. They knew the joys of material prosperity, the delights of success in the world. They knew the pleasures of honor and fame. These were tangible things. But “that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,” what is it?

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