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Eckardtesian Thought: I think, therefore I write . . .
Jesus in this Gospel speaks of the prophets who went to the Jews (the servants sent by the king) whom the Jews did not receive. Then he sent other servants. Here he speaks of what was currently about to happen, namely the sending of the apostles with the Gospel. But they were mistreated and killed. And this made the king angry and he destroyed those murderers and burned up their city. Here he is prophesying the events soon to come, namely the destruction of Jerusalem in ad 70. And the reason for that was the anger of God. This was a foretaste of the final judgment. And at that judgment the king will inspect the guests and see who is and is not wearing a wedding garment. The one who refuses to wear it, who is speechless, finds out just like the Jews in Jerusalem that although God is kind, he is not without justice and truth. Anyone not wearing the wedding garment of Christ’s righteousness will likewise be condemned. Thus let us approach the altar at this wedding feast today to receive that righteousness again, by mouth, and embrace Christ and the gift of his salvation here. Sermon for Trinity XXII.