It’s tough to relax while you’re nursing a grudge. There’s no escape from an anger that goes wherever you do. Jesus would free us from fits of rage, seething pretense and feigned friendship. He bids us rather to be reconciled, forgiven and forgiving. His grace is sufficient to give us rest–together–in Christ.



Hear the full audio of A Relaxing Summer by Grace Alone

A sermon on Matthew 5:17-26 / Sixth Sunday after Trinity / 28 July 2019


Matthew 5:17-26 (ESV)

17 [Jesus said:] “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.


Other Readings for today:

Old Testament: Exodus 20:1-17 (The Ten Commandments)

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 19 (God’s Word is perfect, pure and precious.)

Epistle: Romans 6:1-11 (Baptism unites us to Christ’s death and resurrection)


An excerpt from Luther’s Large Catechism on The Fifth Commandment


An excerpt from a 1543 sermon by Martin Luther on this passage:


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