PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
Wow! The Bible is filled with events that contradict science and the laws of nature. We were reminded of this on Easter Sunday when the tomb where the battered dead body of Jesus was placed and was found empty, and a shell of intact grave cloths left behind.
What does this mean for humanity? It means man’s greatest fear and enemy does not have the final say or ultimate authority. Rather, God himself clearly has power to raise the dead back to life, not with a natural body, but as Paul says a ‘spiritual body’ one that is physical but is immortal, capable of thriving in the presence of God for eternity.
This new body at the resurrection is for those who believe in (trust in, clings to, relies on) Jesus Christ as their savior from sin and turns away from it and toward God (repentance). John 3:18. “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
The interesting thing is that we don’t wait for eternal life at our death, for eternal life begins the moment we are baptized and believe in Jesus Christ as savior. When Jesus came to raise Lazarus from the dead Jesus told Martha: John11:25 I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. Resurrection here is not a reference to ‘the last day’, but to a living in the present. Therefore, death, although still a reality, is of no consequence because “whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” Our body will die but our soul or spirit is alive eternally now; upon death our soul will move to a different location, namely heaven, or paradise.
Because of Easter there is hope for all people not just in this world, but in the very presence of God. “The Lord is risen; He is risen indeed!”
By the Way:
Today 24, 4:00 Confirmation.
Sunday 28, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Ezra’s Grief
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