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Easter confidence

Posted on Mon, Apr 22, 2019

He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:6a) 

cross-671379_1920 (2)What lasting meaning is Easter going to have for you?  In other words, after today is done, what lasting use are you going to make of your Easter 2019 celebration?  If all we do is sing the hymns and alleluias and hear the Easter story and then go home and keep living our lives like before, then we have emptied Easter of its real meaning and purpose.

Now why would I make such a bold statement like that on Easter Sunday to God’s people who just celebrated the joyous message of the resurrection of Christ?  Because if that is what we do, we fall into the same trap the women did on that first Easter morning.  The angel at the empty tomb had just told the women the words of our verse for this week “He is risen” and they let that go right past them like nothing ever happened.

So that we don’t let the joy and peace which the Easter message gives us pass us by, let’s focus on 2 things which the message of the Easter angel means for us.

First of all, the words “He is risen” are the foundation of our Christian faith.  They assure us that our faith is in a living Savior who has paid for sin, conquered death and now lives to care for us and guide us to heaven.  The Apostle Paul puts it so well in what is often known as The Resurrection Chapter “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17). 3 verses later Paul shows us how the message “He is risen” is the foundation of our Christian faith: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”.   This means that one day we too will rise from the dead and we don’t need to be afraid of death.

Once we hold on with confidence to the message that Jesus is alive and working on our behalf, the words of our verse for this week do something else – they remove our doubts and fears.  What are your doubts or fears?  “Who’s going to pay the bills when the checkbook balance is so low?”  “Who is going to fix my marriage?”  “Who’s going to take care of my family problems?”  “What is going to happen now that grandma is dying of cancer?”

When we know what it means that Jesus is alive and working on our behalf, we can commit those doubts and fears to him and trust that he is working on our behalf.

That is Easter confidence! Live it and fight the devil’s attacks to rob you of the true joy and peace of Easter!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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