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The resurrection of our Lord

March 24, 2012
Pastor Boyce - St. John’s Lutheran, Reinbeck , Reinbeck Courier

"And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, 'Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.'" (St. Mark 16:5-6)

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! What cherished words in this traditional response between Christians. The Gospel of Mark deals with this very simply. Then goes on to proclaim the sightings of Jesus by those who knew Him. It is a proper ending for Mark, the gospel written with Roman ears concerning Jesus Christ who is true God and true man. The Romans respected power and authority. This Gospel ends by communicating to Rome, Romans and the world, that Jesus Christ has all authority, for "18. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20. and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20) Christ's authority is clearly seen as He defeated our enemies as He was victorious over sin, death and hell.

Christ's empty tomb means that you are no longer in your sin and that your faith is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15). Christ's resurrection from the dead proves that He is the Son of God (Romans 1). No ordinary man was crucified, died, buried and resurrected for your salvation. It was the Son of God, i.e., Jesus Christ. Through His resurrection from the dead, you have been given a new birth into a living hope (1 Peter 1:3). Holy Baptism saves you by the resurrection of Christ (1 Peter 3). Jesus Christ was bitten on the heel as He suffered and died for your sins, as was mentioned in Genesis 3:15, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." In Christ's faithfulness to God's will and Word, Jesus Christ crushed the head of the serpent as He rose triumphant over death.

On April 8th, Christians around the world will be hearing the rich message of Christ's victory over death, pointing you to your risen Savior at the pulpit, at the altar and at the font. There you will too will see Him, just as He said. Christ is risen! He is risen 'for you!"



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