For some of you today will be another day of labor, some of you today will be a flurry of activity consisting of new clothes and going to church. Some of you will be going over your notes making sure your sermon is ready. Some of you will be meeting in secret in fear of your lives. Some of you will still be in bed.
But consider this, because of a Sunday over 1900 years ago something changed the world. Because of this one event nothing is the same any more. Calendars are no longer in reference to cities or other events Anno Domini began. Because the tomb was empty, because the stone was rolled away nothing is ever the same.
And that is the good news. It is good news because Christ being raised was for our justification (Rom. 4:25). Christ being raised has delivered us from God’s coming wrath. (1 Thess. 1:10) Christ being raised from the dead he is now interceding for us. (Rom. 8:34) Because Christ was raised we too will be raised from the dead. (1 Cor. 6:14) Christ being raised we too will be in the presence of God. (2 Cor. 4:14) Because being raised he now rules being given authority over all things. (Eph. 1:20-22)
So today let us echo the proclaimation: Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Amen.
Resurrection Sunday 2017
Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in God’s sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Did God create us unable to keep his law?
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.
Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?
Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.