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NEWS LETTER
MT. OLIVE EVENGELIC LUTHERAN CHURCH   APRIL 2019

1 Corinthians 15:12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
 
     Some pretty creative thinking has gone into pulling off the perfect April Fools Joke on unexpected victims. Some “oldies but goodies” that have been tried. Some time back we heard about the “left handed Whopper” that was offered (on April 1st) by Burger King-which promoted thousands of people (presumably lefties) to order it. Lefties who were fooled shouldn’t feel too foolish however, because there were thousands who ordered the regular right hand versions of the burger as well.  
     Taco Bell announced (on April 1st) that they were going to purchase the Liberty Bell while Ford claimed (again on April 1st) that they were going to buy the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and change the name to the Ford/Lincoln Memorial.
     Some April Fools jokes can leave the recipients of those jokes filled with fear and anxiety however. When my wife and I were newly married, not long after we had our car stolen in inner city Milwaukee, I thought I would play a funny joke on her. While she was at work I took the spare set of keys I had for our new/used car (which she didn’t know I had) and parked that car behind the dumpster, out of her sight at her workplace so that when she left work she couldn’t find it. I didn’t tell some of her fellow employees to let her in on the joke so that she wouldn’t panic and call the police, she was not amused!
     In God’s Word which we read above, the Apostle Paul invites us to consider the idea (rather like a horrible April Fools joke) of Jesus not being raised from the dead on Easter.
     If such a thing were to be the case (God forbid!!!) then we would be the biggest fools in all the world-for putting our faith in Jesus as our Savior.     Yes, if Jesus’ resurrection had just been a big “joke”, a “fast one” pulled on his enemies, I would be the cruelest joke in the whole world-ne which would leave us, his followers, filled with anxiety and fear, and terrified of death and dying. Our ride to heaven would be stolen-gone forever, with no hope of getting out of this life alive.
     You see…sin is no joke. We can’t just say to God, after breaking his commands, “Just kidding!” God takes sin seriously, as should we! God is not kidding around when he says, “The soul who sins is the one who will die!” (Ezekiel 18:20)
     Thankfully, salvation is no joke either! Paul quickly points out that the thought of Jesus being still in the grave does not have to linger in our brains. “CHRIST HAS INDEED BEEN RAISED FROM THE DEAD!!!” Phew! We’re forgiven and saved!!!
 
At Ease (Even Eternally!) Because Of the Awesome Easter Message,
Pastor Kemnitz
 
P.S. Don’t be afraid to share the good news with a friend. The only fools will be those who don’t put stock in it! (cf. Psalm 14:1)
 

 

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