Pastor's Pen for 04/04/2018The stone had been rolled back—. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe. “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen. (Mark 16)

Christ has Risen! He has Risen indeed! Jesus comes to save sinners. Christ preached again and again that He would die and rise. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”(John 2)

The wages of sin is death. Jesus dies in the place of sinners. Jesus has come to bring you back to God. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15)

If Jesus did not rise from the dead, life would be hopeless. Death, sin, guilt and shame would run sinners into despair. BUT CHRIST HAS RISEN! The stone is rolled away. Christ’s resurrection DESTROYS DEATH. I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15)

Christ Risen from the dead. This is how you know what Jesus says is TRUE. Christ did everything that He promised. God's LIFE GIVING WORD.

Our God is a God of LIFE. True life lived in the RESURRECTION OF JESUS. I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. (John 11)

Resurrection power. Life everlasting in Christ. The TOMB is Empty. Christ has Risen to fill you with LIFE. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10)

Every Sunday is a celebration of Good Friday and Easter. The first Christians gathered on Sunday to worship God because Christ rose from the dead on Sunday. The first day of the week.

Empty CrossChristians gather together to hear the living Voice of Christ. Jesus’ Word preached into our ears and hearts. It is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations. (Luke 24)

Faith comes from hearing the Word of Christ. God at work on you. By the Holy Spirit's power – working through the Word – you are brought from death to life. You are brought from unbelief to faith in Christ.

“Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15)

Happy gathering around the Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus. Happy hearing Christ’s Word filling you with life everlasting. Christ has Risen! He has Risen Indeed.

Rev. Lance D. Berndt is a pastor of Zion Lutheran Church ( in Omaha, NE.