The Theology of the Cross

The Theology of the Cross – Luke 23:33-43

Power Hidden in Weakness

In my last two sermons, I examined Martin Luther’s take on government responsibility for the wellbeing of all citizens, the institution of the ‘Common Chest’. I also spoke about Luther’s discernment of what constitutes a ‘just war’, namely only the defense of our neighbor. This Sunday, I will conclude this mini series with a closer look on Luther’s Theology of the Cross. Luther believes that human nature tends to seek what he calls Theology of Glory; which can manifest itself, for example, in focusing on Jesus’ triumphant victory over death, but skipping over his suffering. However, Luther is convinced that at the center of Christian faith stands the crucified Jesus. Jesus’ power is not power-in-strength, but power-in- weakness. What better day to look into this topic than today, as we commemorate the Feast Day of Christ the King by reading the story of Jesus’ death on the cross?

Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.

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