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April 2012

posted Apr 3, 2012, 3:30 PM by Doug Fessler

Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

During holy week, which is April 1 through 8 this year, we come to the main things of our Christian faith.  In short, this is what it’s all about: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  The Apostle Paul says it well in one of our readings for Easter day. “For I handed on to your as of first importance what I in turn had received; that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time…”.             I Corinthians 15:3-6.

Jesus, the very Son of God, has died on the cross for us and the whole world. Sin is forgiven and death is conquered.  God raised Jesus up from the dead to live and rule eternally. Because he lives, we too shall live with him now and forever.  Holy week is the week that changed the world.   The world may still look at times, like the same old place of death and taxes.  But I assure you, it’s not.  Bad things still happen in our sinful world, but all is redeemed and is being called forward into the loving and peaceful kingdom of God through our Savior Jesus.  God’s kingdom includes abundant food and mercy for all in this earthly life.  God’s kingdom includes everlasting love and joy with Jesus in the life to come.

During holy week we remember and celebrate the mighty acts of God which have redeemed us and the whole world. And Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord, is more than a day.  In the church calendar we take 7 whole weeks to celebrate the best news ever. So this year, we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death clear up until Pentecost on May 27th.  For Christians, every Sunday is really a little Easter: a little resurrection day.  But on the actual day of Easter, we pull out all the stops and celebrate with 2 worship services and breakfast and Easter hymns and choir anthems and trumpets and eggs and lilies and banners.  We also celebrate with, of course, the Lord’s Supper: the new covenant in Christ’s blood, which reminds us that Jesus is with us always.  Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!


Pastor Dennis

 

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