Pastor's Pen for 05/22/2018Jesus bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus MUST go to the Cross. It is NECESSARY. There is no other way for your salvation. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4)

God’s Holy Law shows us our sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. (Psalm 51)

God’s anger burns hot against sin. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.”…It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10)

Jesus has come to stand in the place of sinners. Christ is your substitute. Jesus’ face is set resolutely on the Cross. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1) God's righteous anger burns against sin.

The Holy God coming in judgment against law-breaking-sinners.

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

The surprise is that God does not bring His anger against you. Rather, God’s wrath is poured out on the Holy One of God – Jesus.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5)

On Good Friday's Tree all the sins of the world are buried in the Body of Christ. Jesus kills your sin on the Cross. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. (1 Timothy 1)

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23)

This Holy Absolution is the same one proclaimed to you each week by your Pastors. Pastors are sent by God to proclaim to the penitent sinner that their sins are forgiven. Where there is forgiveness of sin there is life and salvation.

You believe God's Word that is faithfully preached into your ears and hearts. This same forgiveness that Jesus has finished in His death is what the Christian lives in. Hearing and believing that your sins are forgiven ALL FOR CHRIST’S SAKE.

God's steadfast love that endures forever. This forgiveness is the GOSPEL TREASURE. You are to speak this word of forgiveness one to another. "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4)

You have been reconciled to God. Living in the forgiveness of sin. Speak this forgiveness to those who sin against you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.