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Pastor's Notes - April 2014

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       What could I possibly write about this month other than about resurrection?  It is the month this year when we celebrate the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  There has not been a time in my life when I did not believe whole-heartedly in the bodily resurrection of Jesus.  However, that still doesn’t mean that it makes sense in my mind.  The bodily resurrection will be for me, as long as I live, a truth that is believed solely by faith.

       Bodily resurrection will never be proven as even a possibility in a scientific laboratory.  And no one actually saw, with their own eyes, Jesus rise from the dead.  Yet, He was most certainly dead one day and 3 days later He was most certainly alive. 

       The bodily resurrection of Jesus is the central teaching of the Christian faith.  If this teaching is allowed to crumble than all of Christianity will crumble.  If the resurrection is a hoax than as Paul says: “your faith is worthless”, and “we are of all men most to be pitied”.  (1 Corinthians 15:17, 19)

       It is the teaching of the bodily resurrection of Jesus that separates religious organizations as either a “cult” or as a Christian Church.  This is so because a “cult” operates by “reason”; if something cannot be explained such that it makes sense in the mind, then it must not be true, say the “learned” and “intelligent” of the world. 

       Martin Luther felt the article of resurrection was the most difficult to believe because it so contradicts experience.  “For our eyes see that all the world is swept away by death and dies in so many different ways.  Hence it is difficult to believe that man, who dies and perishes in so many different ways, is to live again”

      Christ is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!  We must never get tired of this message.  We must never get to the point where “we have heard it enough”.  God instructed the people of Old Testament times regarding the Law: “bind these words on your heart; teach them diligently to your sons and talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up…Bind them as a sign on your hand and as frontals on your forehead.  And write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” 

       If it is good enough for the Law, isn’t it also for the Resurrection?

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