PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN CHURCH BRIEFINGS
This is the time of year when we look for spring flowers poking their heads through the snow and cold ground. That is a sign of life in contrast to what appears to be death all winter. Shrubs and trees are dormant, grass is brown and plant stocks are dead. Of course we know dormancy is not death, it’s a period of time when growth stops until favorable growing conditions return.
Spring is a reminder that life returns to its fullest after a long period of what appears to be death. How appropriate to celebrate Good Friday and Easter in the spring of the year. We live in a world that is surrounded by death, for nothing lives forever. That means we must come to grips with our own mortality. We, like our ancestors will one day die and leave this world. What appears to be dead at a funeral isn’t, only the body has stopped functioning. There is a part of us (spirit or soul) that lives after death and will never die.
Jesus came into our world to pay the price for our sin to ensure that we can live forever with God our creator. The price was death as he warned Adam and Eve: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17. Not wanting us to die and be separated from him forever Jesus allowed himself to become sin for us and be nailed to a cross to suffer and die.
However, after preparing his body for burial and placing him in a tomb his mission was not complete. Unlike the Old Testament sacrifices he did not remain a dead corps in the tomb. Nor did his spirit awaken and leave his body and appear to his disciples. Three days later what appeared to be death walked out of the tomb fully alive and completely transformed. His death has broken the bonds of death forever opening the way for eternal life with him, a life that will never end. Now that is worth celebrating Good Friday and Easter.
The real celebration isn’t just the fact of our Lord’s resurrection but knowing the resurrected Lord will raise us up too with new bodies on the last day. The reality of his resurrection provides peace, confidence and hope throughout life’s turbulent journey. Do you know God will raise you to new life and not for death?
Jesus Christ has risen, he has risen indeed! Pr. Bob
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