Martin Luther once said that God preached just two public sermons. For the first, his pulpit was a mountain top, a towering, brooding mountain in the desert called Sinai, and from it God laid down the law, giving the people of Israel a good talking to before they set off to find out about freedom in land they mostly had to themselves under leadership that was mostly theirs. God's second sermon Luther said was preached from a scruffy little hill, from the cross, from where Jesus absorbed the demands of the law and forgave our failure to live up to it saying, "Father forgive them, they know not what they do." From that far smaller mountain, a few people who would come to be called the New Israel, the followers of Jesus, were given a good talking to before they ventured off to their freedom, the freedom of forgiveness and the freedom to serve Christ. Luther said that these two sermons could not have been more different. The first predicated on what God expects of us. The second grounded upon what we can expect of him.