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The Institute of Lutheran theology not only provides programs to train pastors and teachers, but it also provides educational and devotional resources for individuals and congregations. These resources are provided free of charge and made available through our web page. Please subscribe to and use any of these resources.

The Institute of Lutheran theology not only provides programs to train pastors and teachers, but it also provides educational and devotional resources for individuals and congregations. These resources are provided free of charge and made available through our web page. Please subscribe to and use any of these resources.

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 24, 2024

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 24, 2024

Pilate possessed some political savvy, and he was an observant man.  He could see those chief priests and elders moving among the people, egging them on, feeding the frenzy of envy until it overcame them.  Pilate used the means he had to attempt the release of Jesus but in the end, he surrendered Jesus to the crowd and its murderous intent.  The people’s stirred-up envy would not be placated; satisfaction would be its only release.  That same sort of envy burns in all sinners’ hearts.  Envy and covetousness are two very human and sinful emotions lurking at the door of your heart (Ge. 4:7).  They are easily stirred up by what your eyes see and come to covet as Eve came to covet the fruit of the tree (cf. Ge. 3:6).  They are easily stirred up by those who, like the chief priests and the elders of old, manipulate you into accomplishing their purposes… their agenda.  In contrast, the Apostle Paul teaches us the satisfaction of having Jesus Christ.  In him we have everything.  By faith in Jesus Christ, we are given satisfaction and we learn contentment.

Prayers from those so obsessed by the fear of missing out that envy and covetousness allow them no contentment…

Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ is our contentment.  Grant that he be handed over to us in Word and Sacrament so that we are freed from the tyranny of envy and covetousness.  Merciful Father, grant this.  Amen

Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ is our contentment.  Grant that our ears do not listen to the lies of Satan as others try to stir up envy and covetousness within our hearts.  Merciful Father, grant this.  Amen

Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ is our contentment.  Grant that in Christ we possess all things and rest there, content and satisfied.  Merciful Father, grant this.  Amen

Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ is our contentment.  Grant that we do not use the envy and covetousness of others to accomplish our own purposes or agendas.  Merciful Father, grant this.  Amen

Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ is our contentment.  Grant that we and our neighbors may live together, content and satisfied with Christ as our life.  Merciful Father, grant this.  Amen

Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ is our contentment.  Grant that the Institute of Lutheran Theology be free from the tyranny of envy and covetousness.  Merciful Father, grant this.  Amen

Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ is our contentment.  Grant us to wait with patience and hope for the coming of your Son Jesus Christ in his glory.  Merciful Father, grant this.  Amen

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