If Jesus has risen, then...

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on April 18, 2020

Click here to see the short video that introduces our "If... Then..." message series. The traditional service will be available (click here) early Sunday morning. The Bridge will be live streamed on Sunday at 10:15 am (click here). 
 
If Jesus has risen, there is hope for wayward sons.
 
Joshua 21 (click here to read) records the cities within Israel that were given to the tribe of Levi. Levi’s is a story of redemption. Levi and his brother Simeon took vengeance into their own hands in regard to their sister Dinah in Genesis 34 (read it here). As a result, their father Jacob foretold that their descendants would be scattered all over the land (read Genesis 49:5-7 here). But the tribe of Levi rallied to the LORD’s side at Mt. Sinai when Moses called the Israelites to repentance after worshiping the golden calf (see Exodus 32:25-29). Their blessing was that they were chosen by the LORD to serve at the tabernacle (see Numbers 3:5-13). They were then scattered throughout the nation of Israel to serve as teachers (see Deuteronomy 33:10; 2 Chronicles 17:7-9). Read more about this in the article: “Levites—A Class of Warrior-Priests.”
 
If Jesus has risen, then there is hope for quarreling families.
 
Joshua 22 (click here to read) shows how easy it is for a family to fall apart. We naturally assume the worst possible motivations for the actions of others. But we are amazed that others don’t assume that we have the best of motivations. Perhaps you are seeing this more than ever as families are spending time together. Let us humble ourselves to proclaim that “The Mighty One, God the LORD! He knows!” The Savior knows our hearts—that is why he died for us. The Savior knows our hearts—that is why he rose to assure us that he can raise up in us a new spirit that forgives others and assumes the best.
 
If Jesus has risen, then there is hope for the confused.
 
Christians are confused because false teachers had come into their area and said they had to observe the Jewish ceremonial laws like circumcision and the kosher food laws in order to be saved. Paul begins this letter (read Galatians 1 here) assuring them that he is an apostle of the Savior who has risen from the dead. What he has taught them is direct revelation from Jesus Christ “who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age.” Enjoy this letter and know that you are saved by faith alone.

This Weekend

Remember the Food Drive this Sunday. We pastors (see picture below) are looking forward to seeing many of you, even if it is just saying "hi" from a safe social distance. See the attached flyer.

Also attached is this week's Kids Club Family Lesson.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

 

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