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Christ's Victory over Death

As I write this, I am finishing up preparations for Holy Week services and thinking ahead to Sunday and the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. It has been a very busy Lenten season and I am glad it is coming to a close. I always appreciate the time spent thinking about the cross and preparing ourselves for the celebration of Christ’s triumph over death, but 6 weeks is plenty long enough. I am ready to sing “Alleluia!” again. I hope to see many of you this Easter Sunday as we celebrate once again Christ’s triumph over death for us.

To get you thinking about the meaning of Christ’s victory over death, here is a quote from one of Martin Luther’s Easter Sunday sermons (Church Postil, 2nd Sermon on Mark 16:1-8)

“This is the meaning of the words by St. Paul: "Christ was raised for our justification." Here Paul turns my eyes away from my sins and directs them to Christ, for if I look at my sins, they will destroy me. Therefore I must look unto Christ who has taken my sins upon himself, crushed the head of the serpent and become the blessing. Now they no longer burden my conscience, but rest upon Christ, whom they desire to destroy. Let us see how they treat him. They hurl him to the ground and kill him. 0 God; where is now my Christ and my Saviour? But then God appears, delivers Christ and makes him alive; and not only does he make him alive, but he translates him into heaven and lets him rule over all. What has now become of sin? There it lies under his feet. If I then cling to this, I have a cheerful conscience like Christ, because I am without sin. Now I can defy death, the devil, sin and hell to do me any harm. As I am a child of Adam, they can indeed accomplish it that I must die. But since Christ has taken my sins upon himself, has died for them, has suffered himself to be slain on account of my sins, they can no longer harm me; for Christ is too strong for them, they cannot keep him, he breaks forth and overpowers them, ascends into heaven, and rules there over all throughout eternity. Now I have a clear conscience, am joyful and happy and am no longer afraid of this tyrant, for Christ has taken my sins away from me and made them his own. But they cannot remain upon him; what then becomes of them? They must disappear and be destroyed. This then is the effect of faith. He who believes that Christ has taken away our sin, is without sin, like Christ himself, and death, the devil and hell are vanquished as far as he is concerned and they can no longer harm him.”

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Lutherans For Life: Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel motivated voices for Life

The subject line is the mission of Lutherans For Life(LFL), a national organization of dedicated Lutherans, which is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod. LFL is not subsidized by the LCMS or any other church body. It is supported entirely by individual donations and grants. LFL's vision is that every Lutheran congregation upholds the God-given value of human life and influences society to do the same. LFL believes that the Church is compelled by God's Word to speak and act on behalf of those who are vulnerable and defenseless. The crisis of our times is the repudiation of biblical truth manifested in the wanton destruction of innocent human life through legalized abortion-on-demand and the growing threat to the lives of others through legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia. Therefore, LFL, strives to give witness, from a biblical perspective, to the Church and society on these and other related issues such as chastity, post abortion healing, and family living.

This organization offers ample opportunity and support for Lutherans who want to witness, serve, educate or encourage others to protect the sancitity of Life based on the Word of God.

In the February Newsletter, Pastor Shaltanis mentioned Lutherans For Life as a potential advocacy group that we at Lord of Life Lutheran Church might want to become more involved with. Pastor stated that by our very name, we proclaim that our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed the Lord of Life and how fitting it would be if we would take a more concerned effort to advocate FOR life. Kathy Wilde, myself, and others have indicated an interest in developing a support group at LOL which would promote the sanctity of life through God's Word, and insofar, as this interest grows, developing a LFL Life Team at LOL. If you have an interest in being a member in support of this effort, let Pastor or one of us know.

Jesus said," I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10)(ESV) We pray that we continue to believe that every human life from conception to natural death regardless of physical or mental challenges or condition of dependence is precious in God's sight. Amen.

Dave Peters Board of Elders

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