Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Bethany Bullet Sermon Message - Week of Sunday, April 21, 2019

He is Risen!

The prophet Isaiah foretold of Jesus' suffering and death with words like, "Stricken and afflicted by God, pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, by His wounds we are healed."  

Isaiah also foretold of the victories this suffering Servant would bring upon His return after this suffering Servant has "Seen the light of life" and defeated death.  In the 65th chapter of the prophecy bearing his name, Isaiah wrote that in His "new heavens no earth there would be no more: crying, dying or sighing and no more absurdity, calamity and animosity."  Of course, here and now in this world, as Luther calls it a ‚Äúveil of tears"; in these days of crying, dying and sighing, in these days of absurdity, calamity and animosity we have a Servant whose suffering has secured our peace, healing and forgiveness.  

His resurrection fills us with such and such flow from us to others in these days...until that day foretold by Isaiah and captured in the Easter creed, "Christ has died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again!"
-        Pr. Kevin Kritzer


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