Still rolls the stone away 


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

Catechism 


Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

    That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

    Romans 3:20

    For by works of the law no human being will be justified in God’s sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

    Catechism


    Did God create us unable to keep his law?

      No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.

      Romans 5:12

      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.

      Catechism


      Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

        Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.

        Romans 3:10–12

        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.

        Catechism 


        What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

          Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

          James 2:8

          If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

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          What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

            Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

            Romans 13:9

            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.”

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            What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

              Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

              Leviticus 19:3

              Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.