POINTS TO PONDER
"Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him through Baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His."
Romans 6:3-5 (English Standard Version)
A new television series, entitled "Resurrection" , is about to be released. One thing I know for sure is that it will not have anything in common with Christ's resurrection that we celebrate this month. What a month this is! The Lenten Season reaches its climax with Holy Week beginning
with Palm Sunday on April 13 and progresses though Good Friday on April 18.
In this week we witness the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the institution of the Lord's Supper, and Christ's arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death. Holy Week is holy in so many ways. The blessed Lord Jesus gives His Church the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper for the forgiveness of
our sins and the strengthening of our faith. He ensured that His Church would always have this Sacrament in memory of Him, and have blessings included with it.
With Good Friday we witness the suffering, ridicule, and abuse to which Jesus was subjected, and then His death. All of this was so that He would be punished for our sins, so that we would not be punished.
Isaiah 53:4-5 tells us, "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we
Only a perfect, sinless person could die for the sins of the human race. And the sinless Son of God took on human flesh in order that sinful people would be forgiven and reconciled with God. What compassion God has for the human race!
But then there is Easter and Christ's glorious Resurrection. Death could not hold Him. Through believing in Him, Christians are also not held in the clutches of death. They too shall rise when Christ returns in glory at the end of time. Because Jesus lives, those who believe in Him will live also.
We celebrate this month the triple defeat of sin, death and the power of the devil by Jesus, the Lamb of God who died to take away the sin of the world. That means to take away your sin and my sin.
We therefore have good reason to celebrate after our Lenten meditations on the innocent sufferings and death of Christ. His resurrection ushers in our forgiveness and our resurrection. Every weekend worship service is a celebration of our Lord's glorious victory over the grave. We could say that each one is Easter all over again.
Truly God has done great things for us. Let us in humble gratitude praise Him for His grace and mercy toward us.
Pastor Paul Breddin