This Week's Article
The Easter story asks a question: Where do we look for what will give us life? Or as the angelic watchers of the empty tomb pointedly ask, “Why are you looking among the dead for the living one?” We are always seeking. Easter asks us — what … how … where … Who … do we seek? We sometimes turn to things or people or places that we mistake as a place of life or that seem like the answer. We hope they may bring us what we desire or need. But we discover that they are empty of what we thought they promised.
The angels at the tomb make it pretty clear — where there is not Jesus, there is not life.
Wherever God’s Word and Sacraments are present, this is where to look for life. This is where we will find the Living One, the Resurrected Jesus!
Verse of the Week
"Why are you looking among the dead for the living one? He’s not here. He has been brought back to life!” (Luke 24:5b-6a GWN)
Last Week's Article
Jesus is dead and in the tomb, or so it would seem. It looks like all is lost and sinners would have to be left to their own devices to make themselves right with God. But this is not possible. … All our righteous acts are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6 NIV). We can do nothing to save ourselves. Enter “simul justas et peccator,” our final oxymoron, “at the same time sinner and saint.” Christ was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification (Romans 4:25 NIV). Thanks be to God that all our iniquities were laid on His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:6 NIV). Satan would still like to convict us of our sins, but thanks be to God through faith in Jesus Christ, we have been declared righteous, saints, worthy to be called His sons and daughters, heirs to the gift of eternal life with our brother Jesus Christ.