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18 Powerful Cross Centered Holy Week Sermons May 2, 2006
What a collection! The 18 Holy Week sermons that Luther preached in 1529. And to think that a preacher today might have to preach seven or so sermons in this same period, given that most of us do not preach on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Holy Week as Luther did. Also, contributing to this load was the fact that his fellow preacher there in Wittenberg, Bugenhagen was on the road with Visitation. So the task left to Luther.
What comes clear from reading these sermons is his skill and sole focus on demonstrating the authority and power of the Word to provide faith in the means of grace. In the first series of sermons on the efficacy of the Holy Supper, then the remainder on the crucifixion/resurrection. Against all emotions and reason, Luther continues to hammer away at self and points to the cross and empty tomb to be our hope, our forgivness, our salvation, our resurrection of the body.
Great reading for devotion, for sermon prep. Excellent art included with the woodcuts etc. of likes of Durer and Cranach.