“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”
On our recent holiday, we heard the pastor of the church that we attended call us as Christians to go “all in” for Jesus. Those two little words, “all in,” sure had an impact on us!
Jesus went “all in” for you and for me, all the way to the cross and the empty tomb. Each one of us needs to ask ourselves, am I “all in” for Jesus? Let’s go “all in” for Christ!
Pastor Russ Howard
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” (John 15:26)
Jesus here give a summary of what God the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, is all about. The Spirit bears witness to, and glorifies Jesus (John 16:14) As we soak up the Holy Spirit inspired Holy Scripture, as we feast on the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion, our life in Christ will be made “Holy Spirit strong!”
Let us all be diligent to use God’s Word and Sacraments that we may be rock solid in Jesus!
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
The Easter angel announced the news as recorded in Luke 24:5-6: Christ has risen! This is what Easter is all about, the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead. What does this mean? It means at least four things:
- Death is defeated
- Eternal life is real
- Our sins are fully forgiven
- We are passionately loved by God in Christ
Believe the Good News and rejoice! Christ has conquered, for you and me!
Christ has risen, He is risen indeed!
“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)
Over the years, I have had people tell me to quit talking about the cross of Christ. We cannot do that. We can clearly see from the words of Paul the impossibility of taking such a course. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is our only hope of rescue from sin, death, and the devil. Our place in heaven is assured only because of His finished work. What a joy to know that our eternity is safe in Jesus!
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'” (Matthew 2:1-2)
January sixth is the day in the church calendar that we remember the visit of the wise men to Jesus and His family. We call this day Epiphany, meaning Jesus’ manifestation as both God and man. What does it mean for you and me? It means that Jesus is the King for all people, for the whole world, not just for the Jewish people. He is the true King who loves us all so very much, the true King who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
It simply goes beyond human understanding that God would love us so very much that He would become man, and suffer and die and rise again to rescue us from our sins. Yet, in Christ, this is what He has done.
This Advent and Christmas season, make time to stop and really think about this. And then, fall on your knees before Him in praise, adoration, and thanksgiving.