Brothers and Sisters in Jesus,
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! So, what does this mean for us- to have a Living Savior? What does it mean for us that our Savior has conquered the darkness of the grave as the Light of the World? Let’s take a closer look:
Psalm 27:1; 13-14
The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
As we journey through this world, there will be times of darkness, valleys, and shadows. They simply seem to come. Most of the time when we least expect them. Oh, for joy! This Psalm and these verses are Words of prayer and power. The fact is, Jesus is the Life and Light of the World. Even in the darkness of our life, He shines bright. Even when fear overtakes us and all seems lost, Jesus is our salvation and our refuge and stronghold. What does this mean to us? Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
1) No matter what we go through in life, we see the Light beaming from a cross and shining out of an empty tomb. This is Good News because this world is short lived compared to the eternal joy and light that Jesus has waiting in Heaven for us! We can take refuge in Him. We go to Him, talk with Him, and walk with Him. HE IS WITH US ALWAYS! He never leaves our side! He is our Good and Mighty Shepherd. He calms our storms. He shines the Light of His love on our fears. He gives us victory to live in and use over Satan and evil by the power of His name, death, and resurrection! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
2) It is in these hard times of life when we grow stronger and closer to God. Weird to think about, but it’s true. It is in these dark moments we talk to God more, listen for Him attentively, wait for Him longer, and open our hearts to Him! It is in these moments when we realize how blessed we are to have a God who is for us! As Job says, “The Lord gives and He takes away. Blessed be His Name.” Paul says in Romans 8, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It is a blessing when we go through the challenges of life or walk through the valley of darkness knowing our Lord carries us all the way. Why? Without these moments, Luther says we would run the danger of thinking we do not need God. We would lose sight, hope, and faith of the cross and empty tomb. It is in the hard times of life when we realize fully the joy of Heaven and eternity that awaits us and that gives us hope…more hope….joy-filled hope! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
So even in the dark valleys of life, we remain confident of this: We will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, for He is the God of Life and Light. He makes us strong as we wait upon the Lord with lifted hearts and hands and eyes seeing the glory of Heaven shining all around us as His love and grace and mercy wraps around us as our stronghold and sure defense. From this Good News comes the cry of the church on earth, Come, Lord Jesus, come and take your people home!” Amen. Alleluia!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
I truly love and cherish you all. I am humbled beyond measure to be the pastor of Christ Lutheran Church. Thank you for allowing me to be so!
In the shadow of the cross and the light of the empty tomb,