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The Great Pulpit (03/10/2013)

From: T.M. Schoewe

There are some famous pulpits where some outstanding preachers of the Word spoke. John Wesley in his famous chapel in London from which he preached Christ crucified to thousands in his wooden pulpit. Or we think of John Hus on a pile of wood in Constance (Bohemia) in the 15th century, where his enemies lit the fire to burn him to death while he spoke and prayed. Or we might think of Paul on Mars Hill in Athens or Martin Luther at Worms. And we have some remarkable pulpits even in Winona in our older churches, for instance at St. Martin’s on Broadway where Von Rohr and Sauer preached for years.

But for all the remarkable pulpits CHRIST’s CROSS was the most unusual, most impressive and unforgettable. For who could neglect to listen to what the Son of God had to say from that accursed tree? He spoke just seven short words, the first and last word being FATHER. This reminds us of Who He is and what we all should be. And He speaks to His enemies and to criminals and to all sinners and to His mother and shows us the depth of His suffering, being truly forsaken as He thirsts for mankind, and finally in one word declares victory over sin, death and hell, commending His Spirit into His Father’s Hands.

As you know, we are in the season called Lent, which is the time to give our attention to the Greatest pulpit and its unchanging message “Christ Crucified.” It is, after all, my greatest and your greatest need. And it is what this troubled world needs. It is the “healing of the nations.” So believe it, support it and help spread it in your days. Christ crucified for you and for your world!

Our Christ crucified is coming and there will be a judgment pulpit. Many shall come from the East and West and sit down with Him in the Kingdom of God. May you be among them. Sine cera.

 

 

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