Death is inevitable. We work to put it off by exercising and watching what we eat. We hope and pray for the health of our family and friends. We seek to avoid injury. We long for safety and security. Yet death is coming. It’s not if, but when.
Death is our enemy. Every effort to defeat death has failed. Though technology and education have provided many blessings to sustain and improve life, no advancement or understanding has been able to eliminate death. Death is stronger than we are.
Death is the result of sin. We are all born sinful, and we all sin. We do what we want and ignore what God desires. When we live according to our desires and disregard God’s will, we sin. The punishment is death — eternal death.
But Jesus died in your place. He paid the debt you owe for your sin. He faced the punishment that you deserve. Jesus suffered and died on the cross in your place. Your sins have been paid for — completely.
Jesus is stronger than death. Jesus died and rose from the dead. He lives and reigns for all eternity, and He freely shares His resurrection with all who trust in Him.
Jesus lives! He is the firstborn from the dead. That means all who trust in Jesus will rise bodily on the Last Day, just as Jesus rose from the dead that first Easter morning. Now that’s a promise you live and die with!
Come and encounter the risen Christ! Come and receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life! God freely gives eternal life to all who believe in Jesus and trust in Him as their Savior. This is the Good News of Easter, and every day!
Please join us for worship. Come with any questions you may have. Come and join us on our Lenten journey, as we follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, on His way to the cross, where He bled and died for you, for me, and for the life of the world.
We invite you to join us for worship at First Lutheran Church each Sunday at 10 a.m. We also have midweek services during Lent. We will gather on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26) and on March 11 and 25. You are invited to join us at 7 p.m. on those evenings; come early for a light supper at 6 p.m.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
Mark Schlamann is pastor of First Lutheran Church in Tooele.