Grace on Tap

Grace on Tap

Episode 70 – Luther’s Postil First Sunday in Advent Gospel Part 3

April 28, 2023

In this episode of the “Grace on Tap” podcast, the Mike Yagley and Evan Gaertner continue their series on Martin Luther’s “Postil,” a collection of text commentaries he gave on the Bible readings throughout the liturgical year. Specifically, they focus on Luther’s sermon on the Gospel reading for the First Sunday in Advent.

The hosts begin by discussing the context in which Luther gave this sermon, including the political and religious climate of the time. They also note that Luther’s approach to preaching was to focus on the text itself, rather than relying on rhetorical flourishes or personal anecdotes.

The Gospel reading for the First Sunday in Advent is from Matthew 21:1-9, which describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. Luther begins his commentary by explaining the significance of this event, which was the fulfillment of a prophecy from Zechariah 9:9.

Luther then explores the themes of humility and kingship in the passage. He emphasizes that Jesus did not enter Jerusalem in a grand chariot or on a mighty steed, but instead chose a humble donkey. This was a deliberate choice on Jesus’ part, as it symbolized his humility and his mission to serve others.

At the same time, however, Luther notes that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was also an assertion of his kingship. The people who greeted him with palm branches and cries of “Hosanna!” acknowledged him as their king and savior. Luther emphasizes that this kingship is not one of worldly power or domination, but rather a spiritual kingship that brings salvation to all who believe.

The hosts then discuss how Luther’s sermon can be applied to today’s lives. They note that the themes of humility and kingship are just as relevant now as they were in Luther’s time. We are called to follow Jesus’ example of humble service, even as we acknowledge him as our king and savior.

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Domestic Donkey (Equus asinus) as a beast of burden. Nile Delta, Egypt

Beer Break

This episode features Eastern Market Brewing Company Paczki Beer. They brewed this year for Fat Tuesday a Rasberry and Blueberry pastry-inspired beer.