Jesus repeatedly told His followers, The Christ “MUST suffer many things, and be rejected…killed, and be raised the third day” (Luke 9:22). This was His purpose for coming into the world. He MUST become a sacrificial lamb upon whom God the Father would lay all the sins of mankind (Isaiah 53:6; John 1:29). Looking back to this mission accomplished the Apostle Paul wrote, “We preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:23-24). “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). Because Jesus knew He MUST be crucified for our sins, we joyfully confess, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified (forgiven) by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:5-7).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear the message of “Christ Crucified.” Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Kim Davis is jailed because her conscience does not allow her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. What is next? Doctors denied permission to practice because they are conscience-bound to refuse to perform abortions? Pharmacists fired because they will not dispense abortifacients? Florists fined because their conscience will not allow them serve for the “wedding” of a same-sex couple? A bakery shut down because the owner’s conscience will not allow him to provide the cake for the couple? Do we want this nation to be one where people have no moral conviction? Is this the kind of people we want to deal with when we buy a car, or purchase as house? Do we want our banker to be without moral convictions? Or our doctor?
God gives us the Holy Scripture to enlighten our conscience. People do not need to be encouraged to do evil. It comes naturally: “With their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips…their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways” (Romans 3:10-18). This is why the Christian prays, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51). As God answers that prayer for the one who believes in Jesus Christ, God will give him convictions that are increasingly in conflict with the culture. God also prepares him to suffer for these convictions. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Rarely will one find a person who is a good athlete, a diligent student, plays one or more musical instruments, and is kind and considerate. One marvels how he or she does all things well! Those who observed our Lord Jesus Christ had even greater reason to marvel. When He gave hearing to the deaf and enabled him to immediately speak clearly, the astonished people concluded, “He has done all things well!” (Mark 7:37). They could have added to their astonishment that He fed 5000 men with five loaves and two fish (6:30-44), that He cast out an unclean spirit (7:20-30), that He gave sight to the blind (8:22-26); but above all He fulfilled what He taught His disciples He MUST do: “Suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (8:31). Christians throughout the centuries have joined in the praise, “He has done all things well!” “He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood, and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness” (Luther’s Small Catechism). Come to Peace Lutheran Church and join in this praise. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.