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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sermon 04082012 Easter Sunday

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.  AMEN.
Let us pray, Jesus Christ You have risen from the dead.  You have set us free from the bonds of sin, death and the devil.  May we be set free from that which binds us and understand our freedom is the gift of eternal life You freely offer to each of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel this Easter morning.  AMEN.

He is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!  Alleluia!

When Voldemort came to Hogwarts with Harry’s lifeless body, and suddenly realized that Harry was not dead, but alive, the joy that surged through Harry’s friends changed the landscape of the movie and what the power of the Resurrection Stone was of the Three Deathly Hallows.  Yet for us today, this Easter morning, our landscape changes as well.  We do not have a ‘Resurrection Stone’, but we have something more powerful and more meaningful for each and every one of us.  We have a risen Savior, Jesus Christ.  From the Garden where He was betrayed to the chambers of the Chief Priest and Elders to Caiaphas then to Pilate, Jesus Christ journey ended being led to the Cross on Golgotha and then died and was buried in a new tomb.  But Jesus Christ, Lord of the World, died and rose from the dead to set You and me free.

Jesus Christ is Risen!  Jesus Christ as He had predicted came to Jerusalem, entered riding on the colt the foal of a donkey.  The people expected His coming as King to set them free from the tyranny of the Romans and renew the Kingdom of God promised to the people of Israel.  But Jesus Christ came to set us free from something more profound and which bound us for all eternity, our sins.  In Jesus Christ setting us free from our sins, He accomplished what no animal sacrifice, and no other death could do.  Through His atoning sacrifice of His own life on Calvary for you and for me, Jesus Christ has set us free from the bonds of sin and eternity.  Jesus Christ in true suffering servant fashion endured Hell here on earth to set us free from our sins and rise on the third day in complete fulfillment of the plan of salvation for all of mankind.  Jesus Christ in rising from the dead looses the bonds and shackles that we live in and with and frees us to proclaim long and hard, “Jesus Christ is Risen today!!!  Alleluia”

For Jesus Christ is risen from the grave.  The cloths which were wrapped around Jesus lifeless Head and Body are neatly folded in the tomb and the stone that closed the entrance is rolled away.  Jesus Christ now in His resurrected and perfect Body, no longer marred and disfigured, is recognizable with the pierced Hands, Feet and Side is risen from the grave for you and for me.

Jesus Christ is risen and we are free.  The sins that bound us we are set free from.  The eternal consequence of Hell that we deserve, we are set free from.  We are set free by the innocent Blood of Jesus Christ that was spilled by the soldiers, the nails the spear and in our receiving the sacrament this morning we are set free and given eternal life by Jesus Christ for you and for me.

Today is Easter, but for four young ladies we also celebrate First Communion.  Today Alexis, Danielle, Kaylee and Sydney receive for the first time a foretaste of the feast to come.  They receive the precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, given and shed for them for the forgiveness of sins for the first time.  In their receipt of Jesus Christ they receive the gift of eternal life that was promised to them when they were baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In their receiving the Lord’s Supper they understand in a more tangible way the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the joy of the resurrection we celebrate this morning.  In, with and under the Bread and Wine, which is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ they receive the forgiveness of sins offered by Jesus Christ for them and for each of us.  For Jesus Christ did not come into this world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him and His sacrifice for our sins on the Cross of Calvary that frees all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel this morning.  Jesus Christ is risen today!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  AMEN.
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