Devotion and Prayer for Week of April 8, 2012

Meditation for the Week of April 8, 2012

He Is Risen!

It is very likely that the Lutheran Pastor that led your worship service this morning began the service by saying, “He Is Risen” and then he hoped that you would respond, “He is Risen, indeed, Alleluia. This greeting and response has history going back to the very early days of Christendom. This greeting and response was one way that Christians could identify one another. But more than being a traditional greeting and form of identification, this statement and response expresses a fundamental Christian truth.

That truth is that Jesus is not dead! Yes, he died on the cross on Good Friday. For death was necessary. It was necessary to pay the price required for sins committed and yet to be committed. For the wages of sin is death. And so Jesus had to die in order to satisfy God’s wrath against sin. But by Jesus death, we are promised the forgiveness of our sins and look forward to eternal life.

The Good News of Easter Sunday and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, is that his offering, his death was sufficient and accepted by God. And God has raised Jesus from the dead, so we rejoice and shout Alleluia, thank you Lord. For the promise of eternal life with Jesus is a fact! Death has been defeated, no longer do believers fear death, but they know that it is the gateway to eternal life with Jesus. Jesus has done everything necessary for the salvation of people. He has won the victory over Satan and death once and for all. Jesus will never die again, he lived then, he lives now and he will live for all eternity.

This is news that should provide us with great joy and comfort every day of our lives. We have a God who loves us so much that he has sent his own Son, his only Son to come to earth and live as one of us. God’s Son, Jesus knows what it means to be hot, cold, hungry, and thirsty; he knows pain and suffering. While he never sinned, he has taken all of our sins upon his shoulders and paid the price for them with his life.

The love that Jesus shows us can never be understood in earthly terms of love, for His love is beyond our understanding and comprehension. It is a love that is self-sacrificing, unconditional and without equal here on earth. Once we look at the price that God paid to save us, we have begun to understand how great is God’s love. Then we are proud to confess and respond. “He is Risen – He is Risen, indeed, Alleluia.

Our Weekly Prayer
Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.
(Verse 4 from the hymn, “When I Behold Jesus Christ”)

What love is this? Greater love no one has ever known.
My life with God – this I owe, To You and You alone.
What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this/
You showed Your love, Jesus there, to me on Calvary.
What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this/
You showed Your love, Jesus there, to me on Calvary.