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A theme running through the account of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ is His INNOCENCE. Judas, His betrayer, said, “I have betrayed innocent blood.” The ecclesiastical court resorted to false witnesses in its effort to convict Him. The Roman governor said, “I find no fault in Him.” Even one of the criminals crucified with Jesus testified to His partner, “This man has done nothing wrong.”
Why then was He scourged, crowned with thorns in mockery, and finally condemned to die by being nailed to a cross? That it was not for His own crimes or wrongs before God and man makes it all the more clear when the Scriptures say, “Christ died for our sins” (1 Cor. 15:3), “He died for all” (2 Cor. 5:15), “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us” (2 Cor. 5:21).
While it was humanity which inflicted such pain and suffering upon Him, the Bible tells us, “He was stricken, smitten of God and afflicted….God laid upon Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53). Come to Peace Lutheran Church,1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to humbly reflect that your sins brought such suffering upon Christ, and at the same time rejoice that in Christ God’s anger for your sin has been removed. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Service on Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
“They did not receive the love of the truth, that they may be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe THE lie” (2 Thess. 2:10,11). Jesus sadly observed, “Men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).
A nation cannot be sustained when the lies of its leaders are glossed over. There will be even greater consequences for those who “exchange the truth of God for THE lie” (Romans 1:25). THE lie, “You will not die…you will be like God” (Gen. 3:5), was spoken shortly after Creation. That lie comes in various shades: “People are basically good.” “You can do whatever you set your mind to.” “Trust yourself.” This lie permeates the educational establishment and all media. While this lie is very appealing, it opposes this truth, “I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing” (Romans 7:18). It is a lie that blocks the reception of THE Truth, “Salvation comes only through faith in the Christ who was crucified for the sins of the world” (Acts 4:12; John 1:29).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, for the Truth as God reveals it in His Word. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten services, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
As Jesus was eating the last Passover Supper with his disciples he took the unleavened bread, gave it to His disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body given for you.” Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink of it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant (testament) shed for you for the forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:26-28; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor 11:24,25).
Jesus does not say, “This bread represents or is a symbol of my body.
The contents of this cup, the wine, represents my blood.” The Passover lamb was a type of “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Now Jesus uses the word “is”, a word impossible to understand any other way.
Jesus gave the Church a meal in which all that He is and won for us by His dying on the cross is bequeathed to the repentant believer, “Body given…blood of the New Testament (Jeremiah 31:31-34) shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, to be prepared to receive this meal according to Christ’s Word. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten service on Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Man made catastrophes such as suicide bombings, or natural catastrophes such as the Haitian earthquake killing thousands, are calls to repentance, not as much for the victims, but more so for the rest of us.
Of two such catastrophes in our Lord’s day, he asks concerning the victims, “Do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4,5).
If God should destroy Sodom for flaunting their sin (Isaiah 3:9; Genesis 19), if God allowed the Babylonians to raze the city of Jerusalem for sacrificing their children to idols (Psalm 106:35-40; 2 Chronicles 36:15-21)), if God should destroy the earth with a flood because of man’s corruptness and his violence on the earth (Genesis 6:11), what will He do to this nation that celebrates “gay” pride, sacrifices unborn children to gods of lust, denigrates marriage, leads the civilized world in murders per capita? God is calling us to repent!
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where the repentant sinner is directed to Jesus Christ who alone saves us from the wrath of God. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.