He is risen, as He said; Announcements for the week of April 20, 2014

Jesus.EmptyTomb.John11      “Christ is risen, as He said!” (Matthew 28:6).

 

In the Name of Jesus!  Amen.

 

 

God’s people rejoice that Christ is risen, just as He said.  Christ’s resurrection means that death is not the last word on our Lord, nor on us.  On the Easter Sunday, Jesus rose bodily from the dead, which means that death didn’t “win.”  Christ did.  His resurrection means that death “loses,” for Christ is victorious.  Death is defeated.  “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25).

Though we still encounter suffering and even death, Romans 6:23, we are not without hope (Romans 5:1-5, 1 Thessalonians 4:13ff).  Christ, by means of His own death, conquered sin, death, and hell.  And by means of His resurrection proclaims His victory over these and the Father’s acceptance of His Son’s sacrifice for the many (Matthew 20:28).  These, in turn, mean that the death and decay of our own bodies are not our end.  The resurrection unto life is also our hope, for Christ’s resurrection is our sure hope that our faith is not futile and that we are no longer in our sin (1 Corinthians 15).

Therefore, walk and live in this hope of Christ.  Believe, as the angel had declared and as our Lord had promised, for as Jesus said, so it is.  Amen.

This week:

Wednesday, 6:30pm-8pm: Study of the Christian Faith @ ALC—The Office of the Holy Ministry (Women Pastors?) and The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Friday, 1pm: On-campus Bible Study on the Old Testament book of Genesis (Ch3-Adam, Eve, and the Fall)

Sunday, 9am: Divine Service of the Word

            10:30am: Study, “Christian Questions and their Answers” (Luther’s Small Catechism)

14-04-20, Resurrection of Our Lord, BA-2014A

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