Resurrection Sunday 2017

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Now I will cling forever
To Christ, my Savior true;
My Lord will leave me never,
Whate’er He passes through.

He rends death’s iron chain;
He breaks through sin and pain;
He shatters hell’s grim thrall;
I follow Him through all.

— “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness,” LSB 467:6.

Happy Easter & Pascha!

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Be at peace.

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Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And you know the way to where I am going…  I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

— Jesus of Nazareth
(John 14:1-6, ESV).

By his death and resurrection, Christ proved that he is Lord of all.  He kept his promise, and will keep every promise.  He works to prepare a place for us where all that is wrong will be made right.  And he will come again.

Be at peace.  The Lord is risen!

Resurrection Sunday 2016

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Mary of Magdala was the first, but not the last, to report, “I have seen the Lord!”  (John 20:18, ESV).

He is risen!

“Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw when wayfaring.”

“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
the glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
My Lord, my hope, is arisen;
To Galilee He goes before you.”

Christ indeed from death is risen,
Our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen.  Alleluia.

— “Christians, to the Paschal Victim,” LSB, 460:2-3.

He is risen, indeed!

Resurrection Sunday 2015

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6, ESV).  Jesus is life eternal.  He is the bread of life given for us to eat.  (John 6:35).

Happy Easter!

He is risen!

“Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw when wayfaring.”

“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
the glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
My Lord, my hope, is arisen;
To Galilee He goes before you.”

Christ indeed from death is risen,
Our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen.  Alleluia.

— “Christians, to the Paschal Victim,” LSB, 460.

He is risen, indeed!

Happy Easter 2014

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Happy Easter!

He is risen!

Happy Easter 2013 A.D.

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Happy Easter!

He is risen!

In Deed: Happy Easter

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Not every flower can adorn the Lord’s house on Easter Sunday, and not all Christians are able to celebrate Easter Sunday in a visible church.  While every Christian benefits from our Lord’s resurrection, many Christians around the world are suffering persecution and isolation.  Even in America some are excluded from fellowship in a visible church, and thus are not able to commune with the rest of the believers during Holy Week.

Nonetheless, even in the darkest of times, the death and resurrection of Christ is not just an idea, it is a deed.  Jesus did that deed.  It is factually true whether we are able to celebrate his resurrection, or not.  When life is dark, and our faith seems to waiver, God’s Word eternally says: this is true, it was done in deed.

Heaven is our home because he is risen.  He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Mary of Magdala was the first, but not the last, to report back to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord!”  (John 20:18).

He is risen!

Truly, He is Risen

Happy Easter!He is risen.He is risen indeed!

Jesus lives!  The victory’s won!
Death no longer can appall me;
Jesus lives!  Death’s reign is done!
From the grave Christ will recall me.
Brighter scenes will then commence;
This shall be my confidence.

— “Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won,” The Lutheran Hymnal 201:1.

This is a beautiful flower, but there is a truth that is more beautiful: the Truth of the Word of God:  The deed is done.  He is risen in deed.