Near Easter news articles in the major magazines have delighted in casting doubt on the resurrection account of Jesus Christ. Why this attack on the very foundation of Christianity? “If Christ has not been raised, your FAITH is futile; you are still in your sins,” (1 Cor. 15:17). This of course is nothing new. Already on Easter morning when the guards of the tomb reported the events of Easter, the enemies of Christ paid them to say, “The disciples came by night and stole His body” (Matthew 28); those who called for His crucifixion were “grieved” when the Apostles preached “in Jesus the resurrection of the dead” (Acts 4:2); even the Apostles did not at first believe the witnesses to the empty tomb and risen Lord, “Their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them” (Luke 24:11); and Thomas would not believe unless he could see and touch the One who was crucified (John 20).
Why would anyone not want to believe the witness of the Apostles who died proclaiming the risen Christ? Why would anyone reject the testimony of 3000 people who 50 days after the resurrection were convinced that the One crucified lives? For the unbeliever and the unrepentant it means that they will have to stand before Him the final Judge on the Last Day.
While the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a terror to unbelievers, it is comfort and strength to those who believe. Jesus assures them, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19). Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this comfort and strength, and join us in believing and telling Easter Sunday, 9:00 a.m.
“I delivered to you AS OF FIRST IMPORTANCE what I also received; that Christ died for our sin in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures….And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by one man came death, by a Man has come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5,17-32).
The events of this coming week, Holy Week, recognize what is of first importance to the Christian faith. In fact without these events there would be no Christianity! Come, join with us in praise to God for our Savior’s death and resurrection. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m. Good Friday is at 7:00 p.m.
Ordinarily freedom is thought of as BEING ABLE TO DO WHAT I WANT TO DO. Jesus reminds us, “He who commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34). Bondage, not freedom, results in doing what my sinful nature wants to do. Christ came to free us from this bondage. He paid a ransom price. “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your father, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18,19). That ransom price, His death upon the cross, gives true freedom—a freedom from the fear of God’s curse, a freedom from the bondage of sin, a freedom that consists in serving Him who redeemed us, forgives us, and provides us a sure hope of eternal life.
Come learn of this basis for all true freedom at Peace Lutheran Church. Divine Service is at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.