Calvary Lutheran News
“Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins
and was raised again for our justification.” (Romans 4:24–25 ESV).
Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Calvary Lutheran Church,
Greetings in the crucified and risen Christ!
When you receive this newsletter, Good Friday and Easter will be only a few days away. These two days are the central points of the church year. They commemorate and celebrate the saving acts of Jesus Christ for us and whole world. One without the other would leave us without hope. In the sacrificial, atoning death on the cross, Jesus took our sins and the sins of the whole world on Himself. He became sin, as Saint Paul says, “For our sake He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might be-come the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV). Jesus paid the penalty for sin for you and me in His death.
But what would it have meant if Jesus had not been raised from the dead on Easter? It would mean this, that His Father had not accepted the sacrifice of His Son. But thanks be to God, He did accept it and raised His Son by His glory! The resurrected Jesus appeared to the women at the tomb first, and then to the men disciples, and later on to more than five hundred people. When Saint Paul wrote his first letter to the con-gregation at Corinth he wrote of these appearances of Jesus, “Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:6 ESV). Paul’s letter was probably written less than 25 years after Jesus died and rose again. 25 years ago from to-day was 1990. For most of us, that doesn’t seem that long ago, does it? Paul was writing about an event wit-nessed by hundreds, most of whom were still alive. Living people could corroborate Paul’s report.
The resurrection was an historic event. It was witnessed by many people, recorded by non-Christian historians like Josephus, and by eye-witness believers. But besides the eyewitness and second-hand reports, we have the astounding evidence in the changed lives of those who saw the risen Lord.
When Jesus was arrested, the apostles fled. Bold Peter denied Christ three times that night, in fear for his life. Young apostle John was the only one of the twelve at the crucifixion, with the Lord’s mother and the other women. The other apostles, including Peter, were in hiding. On the evening of Easter they were still hiding behind locked doors, even after hearing the reports from the women who had gone to the empty tomb and had seen the risen Jesus.
But then Jesus came to the fearful apostles, as He comes to us in our fears and doubts. He came into their locked room, stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” ( John 20:19). They touched Him to confirm that they weren’t dreaming or seeing a ghost. They ate with Him. They talked with Him. They be-lieved. Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on them, and they were never the same again. These formerly doubting and cowering men now boldly proclaimed the resurrected Lord to the world for the rest of their lives, going as far as Persia, India, Greece, Rome and Africa. The last apostle, Paul, saw the risen Lord, too, and he was completely changed. Tradition has it that all but one of the apostles died a martyr’s death, including crucifix-ion. What changed them? The resurrection changed them.
And it changes us. It gives us the hope and the strength to trust in God’s promises when bad things happen in our lives. For we who know the resurrection know that this life is not all there is. There is a glorious life to come, beginning with our Baptism, the joining of our lives to Jesus’ life, our death to His death, and our resurrection to His. One day, Jesus will return and reunite our bodies and souls to live forever in resurrected bodies like His. On that day He will restore the heavens and the earth for us to live in with Him forever, a place where death will be no more, nor sin, nor weeping. This is our hope. This has been promised us by our God and Lord.
And He never breaks a promise.
Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Alleluia!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ….
Linda Fuller April 2
Christine Short April 4
Dennis Kerr April 7
Brent Cooper April 13
Joshua Conrad April 17
Brian Conrad April 24
Dean Day April 24
Dr. Bob Willis April 27
Curt Crossman April 29
Matt and Jennifer Biehler April 24
Robert and Sherry Willis April 26
Lutheran Hour Schedule
KSOK 1280 AM 8:00 AM
KSOK 95.9 FM 10:30 AM
KFTI 1070 AM 8:35 AM
“One Step Ahead”
“God Always Shows Up”
“It’s Not Over ‘til Jesus Says It’s Over”
Cabinet Meeting Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m.
Voter’s Meeting Sunday, April 26th following service
LWML will meet Wednesday, April 8th at 7p.m. at the church. Please join us!
Holy Week Services
Holy (Maundy) Thursday: 7p.m
Good Friday: 7p.m.
The Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Sunrise 7:00a.m.
The Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day 10:30a.m.
There will be an Easter Brunch between sunrise service and the regular 10:30 service.
“And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? . . . I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you? Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?” (Matthew 20:11–15).
Entry into the Kingdom of heaven is by grace not by works. And this is the point of the parable. Those hired first received the same wage as those hired last. Those hired first, even though they bore the heat of the day, received the same wage as those hired last. Entry into the kingdom comes by grace, by the gracious call and invitation of the owner of the vineyard.
And we chafe against this. We, like those hired first, object to the master’s decision. We begrudge him because of his generosity. We think that those who labored longer should receive a greater wage. And we protest that it’s not fair. But that is precisely the point. It’s not fair. It’s by grace. It’s given from God’s undeserved love and kindness, not by merit. So we should rejoice. For to ask for fairness, to ask to be treated by what deserve and have earned, is simply to ask for hell.
For God owes us nothing. For by grace you are saved, by his underserved love and mercy. And even though it was undeserved, that doesn’t mean it was cheap. It wasn’t cheap, but costly. It cost God the Father His own Son. It cost the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, His very life. God’s grace is costly grace. It costs us nothing but the cost for God was great. For it was achieved by the shedding of the holy and precious blood and the innocent suffering and death of Jesus. And it is by that shed blood that God by grace calls us to be His own. It is by that death that God by grace gives us entrance into His kingdom.
He doesn’t owe us. We’re not entitled to anything from God. He is not indebted to us. We are indebted to Him. For we have not lived as He mattered most. We have not loved Him with our whole heart, body, mind, and soul, with all that we are and all that we have. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve his temporal and eternal punishments. But unlike us, He doesn’t hold this debt over our heads. He has instead place our debt upon the head of His Son, and His Son has taken it willingly so that we would be forgiven and free.
For reasons all His own God has determined to love us. He has taken the punishment we deserve upon himself. He has given gifts to those whom He knows would take it for granted. This is grace. He is kind, forgiven, steadfast. He is slow to anger and abounding in love. For the kingdom of heaven is entered by grace, by His giving not our earning.
He is allowed to do what He chooses with what belongs to Him. But it doesn’t work the same way with us. For what belongs to us? Nothing. We belong to Him, by water and His Name. He purchased and won us from sin, death, and the devil by His holy, precious blood and His innocent suffering and death, so that we would be His own special possession. Thus, we have nothing of our own, it all belongs to Him. We are stewards of what He has given to us. And so we give of ourselves, all that we are and all that we have, to those whom God has placed us to care for in our vocations of members of a family, society, and the church.
And if He has done all this for us, how can we not do with everything that He gave us likewise?
You are invited to a Baby Shower! The ladies of LWML are hosting this shower for Birthline of Wel-lington. You may bring your new gifts to church April 12th-30th. Blankets, bottles, diapers, Wal-Mart Gift Cards (for car seats & cribs). Thrivent is generously donating $250
Please Remember the Homebound:
Gerry Adkins :SRMC room 210
Elmer Naasz:: 102 W. Botkin
Lois Frank: 1128 North “B”
Frances Meyers:: 8300 N.W. Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64153
April Sunday School Schedule:
April 5th All Teachers
April 12th Vickie
April 19th Darlene
April 26th Joan
April 5th Jace Lawrence
April 12th Karlie Biehler
April 19th Cheyenne Cooper
April 26th Quinn McCue
We’re on the Web!
Spring Zone Rally/Day of Prayer.
Saturday April 18th 8:30-2:30 at Holy Cross Lu-theran Church. Cost is $8.00 with checks payable to Wichita LWML Zone. For more details: check the flyer in the Parish Hall.