Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again. I love saying these words filled with hope, faith, and trust in the promises of God. So many words can be spoken in a repetitive fashion that one might no longer acknowledge or linger over the very act of speaking these words.
Soon we will be once again walking with Jesus Christ through the events of Holy Week, where many words will be spoken, events will be remembered and celebrated, and faith will be lived out. Thanks be to God that the power of God’s grace, the reality of becoming a new creation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is not based on anything I or anyone else does or may do, but rests solely on our God. God is determined to be merciful to people, to elect to show mercy and love. God has made a decision for humanity and the whole of creation on the cross of Jesus. Why else can we call it Good Friday? The cross can be seen as the price of mercy, that Jesus dies for us, in our place, and ahead of us.
Every time that I come to the opportunity to worship our God during Holy Week, I am struck by the radical nature of the Gospel as defined as good news. God on the cross has made us die and simultaneously given us new life. The cross puts to death our need to justify ourselves. The cross and subsequent resurrection of Jesus mean precisely how God has chosen to act in history. Grace and forgiveness are given to all people through the cross and resurrection. God through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ has saved us, and this is the Gospel as good news.
Within these pages of our monthly newsletter you will find numerous examples of our response to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are so many signs of this new life in Jesus, this new creation steeped in God’s grace and love being expressed here through the people of Christ the King that I can’t begin to count them all. Trust that you are treasured by our God, that you are special, that you are loved. Together, we live love with the grace and courage of Jesus.
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke