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!

Ash Wednesday 2016

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“God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life …”  (Genesis 2:7 KJV).  However, man fell into sin, and God cursed him saying, “you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  (Genesis 3:19 ESV).  We all share the same fate as the first man.  In Adam all die.

In Adam we have all been one,
One huge rebellious man;
We all have fled that evening voice
That sought us as we ran.

“God created man in his own image …”  (Genesis 1:27 ESV).  But after sin, Adam’s children were born, not in the image of God, but in the image of Adam.  (Genesis 5:3).  Adam’s son Cain murdered his brother Abel.

We fled Thee, and in losing Thee
We lost our brother too;
Each singly sought and claimed his own;
Each man his brother slew.

Jesus Christ came in our flesh.  (Hebrews 2:14).  He was our brother, but we crucified him.  Like Cain, we killed our brother.

But Thy strong love, it sought us still
And sent Thine only Son
That we might hear His Shepherd’s voice
And, hearing Him, be one.

On Ash Wednesday, Christians receive ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross as a visual reminder of the consequences of sin.  From the ground we were created, and to the ground we will return: “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”  (Book of Common Prayer, burial).

O Thou who, when we loved Thee not,
Didst love and save us all,
Thou great Good Shepherd of mankind,
O hear us when we call.

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”  (1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV).  The Christian Church is the Body of Christ.  As he rose from the dead and conquered sin and death, in him so shall we.

Send us Thy Spirit, teach us truth;
Thou Son, O set us free
From fancied wisdom, self-sought ways,
To make us one in Thee.

— “In Adam We Have All Been One,” LSB, 569:1-5.

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July 1996 – September 8, 2015.

The wages of sin is death.  (Romans 6:23).  So we wait with eager anticipation for the return of Christ and the freeing of our bodies from the tyranny of sin.

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

For in this hope we were saved.

— Romans 8:19-24, ESV.

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!

Blessed Ash Wednesday and Lent

“God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life …”  But man fell into sin, and God said, “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”  (Genesis 2:7, 3:19 KJV).

“In Adam we have all been one,
One huge rebellious man;
We all have fled that evening voice
That sought us as we ran.”

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”  But after the fall, man’s children were born, not in the image of God, but in the image of Adam.  (Genesis 1:27, 5:3 KJV).  In Adam all die.

“We fled our God, and losing Him,
We lost our brother too.
Each singly sought and claimed his own;
Each man his brother slew.”

However, one son of man was born in the image of God.  His name was Jesus.  His mother was bone of our bones and flesh of our flesh.  He was our brother, but we crucified him on a tree.  (Genesis 2:23, 3:15, Hebrews 2:14 KJV).  Like Cain, we killed our brother.

“O Savior, when we loved you not,
You loved and saved us all;
O great good Shepherd of mankind,
Oh, hear us when we call.”

On Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, many Christians receive ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross as a visual reminder of the consequences of sin.  From the ground we were created, and to the ground we will return: “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”  (Book of Common Prayer, burial).

“But your strong love, it sought us still
And sent your only Son
That we might hear his shepherd-voice
And, hearing him, be one.”

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”  (1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV).  Christians frequently partake of the Lord’s Supper, communing in the Lord’s very body and receiving his life giving blood:  “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?  The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”  (1 Corinthians 10:16-17 KJV).

The Christian Church is the one Body of Christ.  Jesus is our head and the new Adam.  As he rose from the dead and conquered sin and death, in him so shall we all.

“Then shall our song united rise
To your eternal throne,
Where with the Father evermore
And Spirit you are one.”

— “In Adam We Have All Been One,” Christian Worship, 396:1-4, 6.