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THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD – MAR. 27, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

TEXT: MARK 16:1-8; 1 COR. 15:51-57; JOB 19:23-27
I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

 

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!  This joyful day and the joy of each Lord’s Day is caused by the dead body of one man made alive – Jesus the Christ!  The Messiah!  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!


The three women had mistakenly bought spices for the One who had marvelously bought redemption for them. After the Sabbath they came as early as possible with the desire to rub myrrh onto the cold corpse of Jesus. They loved Him!    They had observed His burial in this garden tomb!  They wanted to honor Him even in death!  With spices in hand - Very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.


They planned to enter that house of death!  They desired to deal with death by covering its stench. They were brave and focused and first to return to the garden tomb where the corpse of Jesus had been placed. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  It was a rich man’s grave. They knew that couldn’t budge the heavy stone they saw close it on the Friday we call Good. And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back – it was very large.

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Easter Vigil - 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Easter Vigil - 2016

My Flesh Shall Gaze Upon His Flesh

Vicar Brad Akey


In the name of our Risen Savior and Lord. Amen!


    “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). The words spoken on Ash Wednesday, leading us into the penitential season of Lent. We say this as a remembrance of what our flesh is. Our flesh been taken from dust, and it shall return to dust, to the earth, when we die. As Job said in his deathly struggles, my bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. Our flesh, bound and corrupted by sin - Job speaks to the punishment that is awarded to us, “for the hand of God has touched me.”


Job and all mankind has been afflicted by God, while we are in the flesh. We have rebelled and are disciplined for our actions. Yet that same hand that has touched us, delivering the punishment we deserve, is the same hand that strikes our Savior Jesus Christ, in the flesh, rescuing us. It is also the same hand that makes the sign of the cross both upon our hearts and our minds at our baptisms.

Job afflicted by God - feels forsaken by God. He thought his family, his friends, his God had abandoned him. Yet God lifts Him out of his despair. We know the one who was truly forsaken was not Job, nor is it any of us - it was Jesus Christ on the cross, in the flesh. It is on that cross where God died. But God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it (Acts 2:24). Thus Job, trusting God’s eternal gifts rejoices, saying: I know that my Redeemer lives!

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GOOD FRIDAY (EVENING) – MARCH 25, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

TEXT: JOHN 19:40-42
REMEMBER WHAT CAME BEFORE!
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

 

In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets – but now in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son. Amen. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. St. Matthew adds that after placing the body of Jesus in his own new tomb Joseph rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away (Mt. 27:39).


Dear Christians, let your mind rest for a time this evening on the inside of that tomb. All is quiet - there is no sound. All is black – there is no light. All is still – there is no life - only darkness – total darkness - and death. There never had been much light there - a cave cut out of rock. As this Friday drew to a close and evening came it grew increasingly dark inside. Then a great circle of rock grumbled a few feet down its track and came to rest in place. As that heavy stone covered over the mouth of the tomb any trace of fading outside light was cut off.


On the outside evening had come – the Sabbath – the day of rest. On the inside it is pitch black. One recalls the ninth plaque on Egypt – a darkness so deep as to be felt (Ex. 10:21). On the inside of the tomb there is no light, there is no sound, there is no life. There is only darkness – total darkness – and death. The corpse of a man rests on the stone within. Grim death - with cruel rigor! 

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Good Friday at Noonday, March 25, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

The Division Undone
Vicar Brad Akey


In the name of our crucified Lord. Amen.


What exactly was involved with being a high priest? He must be whole, without physical defects and holy in his conduct (Lev 21:6-8). He must be an overseer (2 Chr 19:11), knowing and discerning the will of God (Num 27:21). And most importantly he was to stand before God and make sacrifice for the people. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. By God’s will, he was the link between God and man.


Man had lost the intimate relationship we had with God. In the fall, Adam introduced sin into the world, causing a division between God and us. And now we all sin because of that division. He told Moses: “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” (Exodus 33:20). Death awaited those who did not heed God’s Word and would bring sin directly into His presence. For this reason He commanded Moses concerning the Holy Place saying: “And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and you shall screen the ark with the veil” (Exodus 40:3). This veil is the distinguishing marker of our division from God. Division caused by our sin and rebellion against our Creator. Division which leads to death.

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