Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, died while Jesus was a few days away. When Jesus arrived he found Lazarus’s sisters weeping and Lazarus rotting in his tomb. Jesus wept with them before raising Lazarus to life and in his tears you’ll find the reason for the cross.
In this sermon, I speak about a time Jesus healed a man who was deaf and could not speak well. For people who knew the Old Testament book of Isaiah, this would have been a confirmation of Jesus’ preaching that the kingdom of God was at hand. But there is more to the story than that. It is part of a series of accounts in Mark’s Gospel that shows the breadth of Christ’s compassion.
This sermon was preached at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton, Iowa. My thanks to their AV team recording the sermon.
The Gospel lesson for the Second Sunday in Epiphany recounts how Jesus saved a wedding celebration by turning water into wine. This was one of the signs that convinced His disciples that He was the Christ, the Son of God. What signs has Christ given us and what can we learn about them from the wedding at Cana? Pastor Hinkle answers these questions in this sermon from January 17, 2016.