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No Fooling – April 1, 2018

And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.
Job 19:26

There are those who believe that the idea of rising from the dead to live with God in glory is an April Fool’s joke.

The same ones may also believe that God is a joke.

They may believe that only seeing is believing—and who has ever seen a person rise from the dead? Don’t all the graves covered with undisturbed grass testify that the dead stay dead?

Does that mean that Easter is a joke? Is a handful of jelly beans the best that the day offers?

Job knew better than that. So do we.

Easter announces that graves will be emptied. Easter tells us: “You will see God!”

Wonderful news for us! Frightening news for those who have been fooled.

The biggest joke played upon the human race is the fake news that the dead stay dead. This is often prefaced by the lie: “God is dead!”

Sad.

We must feel sad for those who believe Satan’s lies. We must feel sorry for those who think God is a joke and death has no end. We cannot wish them, “Happy Easter!” Easter will never be a happy day for them. Unless…

Unless a miracle occurs. Unless the living God brings the dead soul to life, even as he brought life to the dead body of Jesus.

Can he do that? He did that to us, did he not? How else can we explain that we who were dead in trespasses and sins now live in faith and forgiveness?

How else can we declare with Job: “I know that my Redeemer lives!”? How would we know proof-positive that we will live with him; that our soul will never die; that our lifeless body will return to us perfect and glorified? How else could we say without a doubt: “Yet in my flesh I will see God”?

Easter does not beg us to believe the message of the empty grave. Easter debunks unbelief. Easter shouts out to the believer, “Because he lives, you will live also!”

Some had spread the rumor that his disciples had stolen the body of Jesus from the grave. Angels were sent to set the record straight. “He is not here. He is risen. Come, see the place where he lay.”

By the working of the Holy Spirit our eyes of faith have done that. We accepted the invitation of the angels. We have seen the evidence. We know death cannot hold us.

We walk away from Easter happy.

No fooling!

We declare:
I know that my Redeemer lives; What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead; He lives my ever-living Head!

He lives and grants me daily breath; He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare; He lives to bring me safely there. Amen.
Christian Worship 152:1,7

Victory Over the Sting of Death!

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57

When humanity goes up against its final enemy, its greatest opponent, will we enjoy a rousing victory over death? Will any human beat the odds and live forever? Or do we see before us only a stinging defeat?

Death’s sting is eternal separation from God’s peace and presence! The power and poison in the stinger is the law. God’s law is like a mirror that shows us how far we are from being god-like, and how fully we fail to live as he commands. The law stings when it tells us to be holy, to be perfect as God is. On our own, we fall far short of God’s holy requirement! And therefore, we deserve to die, die eternally.

But the apostle Paul “trash talks” death. How can he do that? The answer is EASTER! In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, the resurrection chapter, Paul proclaims Jesus’ victory over death by our Lord’s glorious resurrection and the impact his resurrection has on us.

God the Father removed the stinger from death. He sent his Son, the Lamb of God, to take away the sin of the world. By Jesus’ death for us, God rescued us from eternal death. Trusting in Jesus, the grave is not a hopeless end. Just as Jesus rose from the dead and now lives gloriously in heaven, so he will raise us from the grave to live forever in glory with him. Through Jesus, death does not defeat us; it has no victory over us.

Jesus is our king who won the victory over death. We can echo Paul’s victory cry, “Where, O death, is your sting? Where, O death, is your victory?” By faith in Jesus, his resurrection is our victory over eternal death and the grave. We will rejoice to see our Lord return at the last day. And as our glorious and perfect king, he will take us to live in his heavenly kingdom.

Prayer:
Gracious Father in heaven, I thank you for allowing me to share in the victory of my Lord Jesus Christ, your dear Son. Empower me by your Spirit to live in the victorious celebration of life everlasting from now to eternity. Amen.

IMMANUEL CHURCH COUNCIL

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For our website visitors and hopefully on Sundays at church we wanted to take a moment and share some basic information about our church! Immanuel is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. We have one worship service on Sundays at 9am with Bible Study at 10:15! Our pastor’s name is Pastor Paul Scharrer. Our church council members are front row left to right, Pastor Scharrer, Elder Lynn Holzhueter, and Elder Rustin Johnson; back row are, President John Wineke, Treasurer/Financial Secretary Dick Veith, and Recording Secretary Mike Kiesow. If you have any questions please feel free to call the number listed to get a hold of Pastor Scharrer. Thanks for visiting, hope to see you on Sunday mornings! God Bless!

 

Our Pastor

Pastor Paul Scharrer is the eighteenth pastor to serve Immanuel in its 141 year history.

Pastor Scharrer began his ministry in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In the beginning of 1984 he began serving the Lord with Pastor Donald Bitter and all of God’s people at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Atkinson.  God blessed Pastor Scharrer enabling him to serve 32 ½ years at St. Paul’s.  He retired in September 2016, but the Lord had more work for him to do.  He was called to serve Immanuel “in retirement” the end of October 2016.

Pastor and his wife, Kathryn, are eager to begin a “new chapter” in their lives, getting to know the friendly people of Immanuel and together with them, sharing the Good News of our Savior and His love.  If you would like to meet with him or have any questions about Immanuel, please don’t hesitate to contact him at 920-723-1623 or email him at pastorps1978@gmail.com.

 

 

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