Ever since the fall into sin, a battle has been fought between the forces of good and the forces of evil. During the season of Lent, we follow Christ as he willingly takes up that battle as our substitute and representative. Today we see our Conquering hero face death and win. He is the resurrection and the life!
Many historians will note that the most substantiated fact in the history of the world is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our faith is dependent on this truth. If Christ had not been raised, our faith would be futile. But thanks be to God, he is alive. Since Christ rose from the grave, we
can be confident that all of his other claims are true. Our Midweek Lenten worship series focuses on some of JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ attention-getting and faith-building Ã¢â‚¬Å“I tell you the truthÃ¢â‚¬Â statements, a translation of the Greek word amen. May JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“amensÃ¢â‚¬Â lead us to sound our own Ã¢â‚¬Å“amensÃ¢â‚¬Â in response.
The love of God who lives in us leads to a life of obedience. Jesus' promise of another
Counselor is a loaded one: the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to do what Jesus asks. This Sunday's lessons teach that love for our risen Lord means obedience to his commands. Only Jesus' promises make that possible. The Prayer of the Day sets the tone: "Put your Spirit in us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good . . . "
Upper Story. Lower Story. The Story. God's eternal plan (the upper story) becomes a reality in our life as he connects to us through the Word. His plan is eternal and he is at work to reveal his plan of salvation to play out for us and in our lives as we interact in his lower story - the interaction of these two realities gives reason for us to praise him for his glory!