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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Jesus Lives!

Pastor’s Window for April 2008

Jesus Lives!

Beloved in the Lord,

Easter Sunday has come and gone, but did you know that it is Easter all month long? April is filled with the Sundays of Easter. In fact, the season of Easter does not end until Pentecost Sunday on May 11th. The seven Sundays of the Easter Feast refresh us after our nearly seven weeks of Lenten fasting.

But in reality, Easter is not just confined to one particular season of the Church year. We worship on Sundays because Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday, and every Sunday is a celebration of Easter. The Church year gives rhythm and meaning to our meditation on our Lord’s saving work in His Church, but the reality is that Easter began when our Lord burst forth from the grave that first Easter morn, and we have been in the eternal Easter season ever since. In Jesus Christ, everyday is Easter. Even in the midst of Lent, we know that Christ is risen. Jesus lives! The victory’s won! In fact, because Christ is risen, and because the Holy Spirit has convinced us of the truth of His resurrection, we are able to give ourselves wholeheartedly and confidently into Lenten discipline. Lent is a time of repentance, but not a time of fear, because we know how the story ends. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!! Alleluia!!!

Not only is our Lord Jesus Christ risen from the dead, but we who have died with Him in Baptism have also been raised with Him. We have been raised with Him spiritually now and on the Last Day, when our risen Lord Jesus returns, He will raise us physically from the dead. Because Jesus lives, we have eternal life, body and soul.

This gives us a new perspective as we live our baptismal life in the world. St. Paul writes in the Epistle Lesson for Easter Sunday: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:1-4; ESV). Paul is not suggesting that we shouldn’t attend to the day-to-day matters of our lives on earth. Rather, he is telling us we should live out our earthly vocations with the perspective of those who know the end of the story, that Christ is risen, and we, too, shall rise. We should live from the perspective of those who know our sins are forgiven, we have peace with God, God is our Father and Christ our Brother, eternal life and salvation are our lot, all because Christ is risen. Jesus lives!

Since all that is true, what can harm us? Even the worst sufferings of this life are not worthy of comparison with the glory that will be revealed in us. Now our lives are hidden with Christ in God. Now our lives are hidden under the cross. But when Christ appears, when He returns to judge the living and the dead, then we will appear in glory with Him. Then what is hidden will be made manifest. Then all that is wrong will be made right again.

Until then, the risen Lord Jesus sits at the right hand of God and rules His Church and intercedes for us before the Father. The right hand of God is not some specific locality, but is everywhere God is. And God is everywhere. So Jesus is everywhere, both as God and man. But more importantly, He has promised to be in a specific place for us, namely, wherever His Word is proclaimed and His Sacraments are administered. We know exactly where to go when we need Christ’s resurrection life. We go to His means of grace. We go to the Word preached and read, our Baptism, Holy Absolution, and the Lord’s Supper. There the risen Lord Jesus speaks us righteous, washes us clean, and feeds us His risen body and blood. This, too, gives us perspective. It gives us the perspective of Christ’s Easter people, those for whom Christ died, those for whom He lives even now, and those upon whom He generously dispenses His good gifts and Spirit.

Enjoy this Easter Season. And know that Easter is forever for you. Jesus lives! He is risen! He is risen, indeed!! Alleluia!!!

Pastor Krenz

1 Comments:

Blogger Lady Vankovic said...

JESUS LIVES!!
and i am so glad he does. so many christians treat easter as just another holiday, and domeitmes i do not understand the significance of the egg and the bunny on a beautiful day where Jesus has conquered death... I feel sorry for those who do not understand the power of his resurrection.. even though i am but a new believer, the importance of Jesus in my life is far greater than anything else in this world..

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