Text: Galatians 6
Hymn: 471, O Sons and Daughters of the King
Kretzmann Commentary: Galatians 6
Bonus Bumper: Libera, Onward Christian Soldiers
Restore your brother gently — advice in serious need today. Work as though you are working for the God who saved you on the cross, rather than the human “master” or boss to whom you compare your own talents.
The Easter hymns continue with LSB 471, which has a neat tune, slightly older than the one we’re used to singing. Thank you to Anna and John Baseley for contributing their voices and mixing.
Text: Luke 13
Hymn: 440, Jesus, I Will Ponder Now
Kretzmann Commentary: Luke 13
Bonus Bumper: The Eagles, “After the Thrill is Gone”
The Pharisees want to do Jesus a favor. Stay away from the Lord of the Sabbath, people, or else he might sin by healing! Jesus would have none of it. Donkeys must be untied in order to drink; Satan-bound creatures must be freed as well.
Having been freed we now ponder upon the post-defeat skirmishes in our lives. We cherish the Savior who saves us by His suffering, pain, and death, practicing humility in light of our forgiveness.
Special thanks to Anna Baseley for singing and to Chris Loemker for accompaniment.
Text: Matthew 17
Hymn: 401, From God the Father, Virgin-Born
Kretzmann Commentary: Matthew 17
Bonus bumper: Sufjan Stevens, Transfiguration
The Son transformed, and his clothes became like light itself. The giver of the Law, Moses, appears, as well as Elijah, no minor prophet in his own right. Peter and the rest want to stay on the mountain forever, forgetting that to do so would condemn everyone for eternity. Tell no one, lest the people know whom they would crucify, and stop.
The text for our hymn has been dated anywhere from the fifth to the tenth century, proving again that the original universal faith still applies to us. Thanks to John Baseley for singing!
Setting from Lutheran Service Book
© 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission.
Text: Ezra 3
Hymn: 531, Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus
Kretzmann Commentary: Ezra 3
Bonus Bumper: Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers, Destroy This Temple
The people of Israel had Solomon’s temple. Because of their lack of faithfulness and in particular Solomon’s chasing after the gods of his many wives, the temple was destroyed. The temple is rebuilt in Ezra’s time, but without the size or the splendor. Christ would also destroy His temple and raise it up, in three days instead of 46 years, winning the forgiveness of sins for everyone who believes for all time.
John Baseley joins Kantor Jake Weber on this hymn. Thanks again, gentlemen!