The Resurrection of the Lord – (Series C)
April 21, 2019
Sermon Text: Luke 24:1-12
Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from our victorious Savior, Lord and King… Christ Jesus. Amen.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24:5-7) So far our text.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Remember how He told you.” These are the words of God’s angels to the Lord’s disciples then… and the very same words to all the faithful now… to you… to me.
Remember how He told you all that would happen… all that would be done to affect your salvation… to bring about your freedom from sin, death and the devil.
Remember… and remember well. And such has been our good pleasure to do just that this past week… Holy Week. To follow our Lord into Jerusalem. To hear Him preach and teach in the temple. To be with Him in the upper room as He celebrated the Passover which has now become the Holy Supper, the Lord’s Supper in which He gives us His flesh… His blood… to eat and drink for the forgiveness of our sins and the fortification of our souls.
What is more, in the past few days we have had the great privilege to follow along as our Lord went to Gethsemane. We saw again how He was betrayed, arrested, falsely charged, beaten, mocked, spit upon and condemned to death.
We were there with Him as He hung upon the cross… as He breathed His last breath.
Through the Words of Holy Scripture and with the eyes of faith, we saw the very Son of God die right before us… die for us. We saw His lifeless body taken down, wrapped in linen and placed in the tomb. Yes, we saw the large stone rolled into place. We saw the sealing of the sepulcher and the setting of the guard.
But now… three days hence… we have the joy and great privilege to go with the women… to go with the disciples and see again that the tomb is empty… to see again that our Lord lives! He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
As the angels told the faithful gathered at the tomb that first Easter morn… so too we are lovingly told… “See! Remember!”
Remember that all this was planned… perfectly planned… divinely planned… and it was all carried out perfectly… to the very last detail.
What is more, our Lord told us what would happen beforehand… before it happened so that we are not caught unaware and unprepared. Remember… always remember.
And this is so important… because what we have here… what we celebrate here in the death and resurrection of our Lord… is what makes us alive. It is what makes us different. It is what makes our lives different. It is what gives our lives true meaning… true hope and purpose… and yes… peace.
In our living Lord… we live. In Him we live each day… we go on each day, come what may, knowing that Christ is with us… knowing that in Him we have the victory over all things including death itself.
In Christ our Savior… our risen Lord and King… we fear nothing because there is really nothing to fear… nothing to be afraid about… nothing to be concerned about.
And yet, truth be told… there are still fears… aren’t there? Still undo concern and worry.
The truth be told, we can so easily allow ourselves to slip back, fall back into old ways of thinking… all because we so often fail to remember and call to mind the Good News of Jesus Christ.
All because we fail to be in God’s Word not occasionally, but daily.
All because, possibly for some people, they fail to come regularly to God’s house. And I am not talking about this Sunday, but all Sundays, all days on which God’s people gather in worship. We do so, to remember… to always remember and to give thanks and adoration.
It is not about filling pews or filling coffers. It is not about filling up some “scorecard.”
We do all this… we read and reread God’s Word… we hear and hear again that Sacred Word preached and taught to us… we come to the Lord’s house which is His very body, the Church… again… and again… and again…
… all for the purpose of being unburdened… to be refreshed, renewed, REMINDED… that all is well.
Reminded that we are now and forevermore children of our heavenly Father, restored to this precious position and status solely through the merits of Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross at Calvary.
Jesus gave His life in ransom for our souls. He died in full payment for our sins. And having done so, He rose from the dead, just as He said.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
Dear friends… thanks be to God that there are angels… messengers of God… who still declare the good news… the greatest of news to us that our Lord Jesus is not dead. He is risen! He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God that there are angels… messengers… who still declare to us the wonderful reality that as the grave could not hold our Lord, neither can it… will it… hold us and all who have faith… a living and alive faith in Jesus Christ. That as He lives… so shall we… with Him… in heaven for all eternity.
Thanks be to God that there are angels… messengers… who still call us to remember and who faithfully, lovingly remind us of all these truths. Always remember! Grant this Lord unto us all. Amen!
And now may the Good News of our risen Lord fill your hearts with peace and all your days with joy until you see your beloved Savior face to face.
He is Risen! Amen.
“Always Remember” 4/21 /19 The Rev. Mark H. Hein, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Lockp