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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sermon 04292012, Easter 3, Third Sunday After Easter

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, Lord Jesus Christ in coming down from heaven Your purpose was to save us from our sins.  When You were led to Golgotha, the disciples didn’t understand the full ramifications.  After three days, You rose from the dead and still the disciples did not fully understand, that the battle was over and the victory over sin, death and the devil had been won.  Yet, there was still more to be revealed, You, Jesus Christ in fulfillment of the plan of salvation had to go to the Father.  May we who gather here this morning confessing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior be encouraged in our confession and be empowered to boldly proclaim the message of salvation for all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel this morning.  AMEN.

He is Risen and now must go to the Father!  He is Risen indeed!  Alleluia!

This past Sunday afternoon, our church had the pleasure of embarking upon an adventure.  You see, through a generous anonymous donation, the Goodland Churches and we, Emmanuel Lutheran Church kicked off a “Films of Faith Series” with the movie entitled, “Lion of Judah” at the Sherman Theater.  Judah, the main character was born with one purpose in mind, to be the Old Testament sacrifice that took place in Solomon’s Temple.  Money had changed hands, Judah was bound and placed on the altar for the sacrifice for the sins of mankind.  In essence Judah’s final destination was that altar in Jerusalem to have his blood spilled to set the people free in fulfillment of the laws given by Moses from God.

Ironically, Jesus Christ came for a purpose as well.  Jesus Christ innocent man, came to die on the cross on Golgotha.  Jesus Christ came to walk the earth, heal the sick, bind the broken hearted and loose the demons that possessed the people in order that they would be free.  Just as Judah was the blood sacrifice in the movie, Jesus Christ was our blood sacrifice with a sole purpose.

Jesus Christ purpose was our salvation.  Jesus Christ came to set us free from the sins that bind us.  Jesus Christ descended from heaven and entered into this world in a stable in order to offer each and every one of us salvation.  In Jesus Christ offering us salvation it costs us nothing.  Jesus Christ offers us this as a free gift without cost and without any expectation or desire for payment.  Unlike our society which wants something for everything that is done, Jesus Christ broke the bonds of slavery to sin.  Jesus Christ offers us our salvation as a free gift, because of His great love for each and every one of us.

Because of Jesus great love for us, when Jesus Christ accomplished our salvation His ultimate destination was with His Father.  Just as when we take a long trip and have our eyes set on ‘getting home’, Jesus Christ had the same ultimate destination of ‘getting home’ to heaven.  Jesus Christ in order to fulfill the entire plan of salvation and complete the mission of salvation for all of mankind needed to return to heaven to be with His Father.  For in going home, the circle would be complete from where He began at His Father’s side in heaven, to the stable, to Egypt, to Nazareth, Jerusalem and back to heaven.  But what is more amazing is that Jesus going home to heaven also provided a promise from Him that we will talk about more fully next week.  So be prepared to hear the connection.
As a final thought, consider that Jesus fulfilling the plan of salvation reveals to and for us that Jesus Christ mission was dying on the Cross for each of us, not because He had to, but because He wanted to.  Jesus Christ chose death and returning to the Father in order to offer us eternal life.  May we who gather here this morning confessing our faith and for Lily especially taking the responsibility upon herself with her confirmation vows be empowered to understand that Jesus Christ died to set all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel free from our sins.  For Jesus Christ did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the World might be saved through Him and His innocent death on Calvary for each and every one of us this morning.  AMEN.
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