HCLC – November 1, 2020 – All Saints’ Day – Divine Service
HCLC – November 1, 2020 – All Saints’ Day – Sermon: “Jesus Our Hope” – 1 John 3:1-4
Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on Reformation Sunday, November 1, 2020 by Pastor John-Paul Meyer.
Sermon Text: 1 John 3:1-4
Sermon Theme: “Jesus Our Hope“
First Lesson: Revelation 7:(2–8) 9–17
Epistle: 1 John 3:1–3
Holy Gospel: Matthew 5:1–12
Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ
“A great multitude … from all tribes and peoples and languages” cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–10). Faith-filled saints from every place and time with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we, too, “shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). Joined with the throng of angels and myriad saints, we shall “serve him day and night in his temple” (Rev. 7:15). In our earthly tension vacillating between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ, propels us forward to our eternal home, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure and the persecuted are all blessed, and we will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).