Monday, April 9, 2018
Luke 24:44-49: Then He [Jesus] said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." The He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."
This is THE message. This is the reason why the Christian Church and congregations and schools exist. We are the receivers and carriers of the ONE THING that will save the world. The first generation, the Apostles and those with them, set in motion a movement of forgiveness, love, mercy, and compassion that is Jesus Christ. We are the bearers of the news of the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, the Alpha and Omega, and a whole lot more. We are the umpteenth generation of witnesses of theses things. We, along with the first generation, have the Holy Spirit, the "power from on high," that leads us into service with the message of salvation from sins, the influence of Satan, and the ways of the world.
So now is the time to take that message of salvation to a world that so desperately needs it. Let us move forward in proclaiming and living Jesus. Let us lead people to see the need for repentance and grace. Let us direct people to the life of Jesus who forgave them of their sins and cleansed them from all unrighteousness. People need to see Jesus and His forgiveness of sins; the forgiveness that changes lives. It is our calling, the umpteenth generation of the Church, to see what the Apostles saw, to hear what they heard, and to experience what they experienced with Jesus and pass it along to the next generation. Father, lead us to be Your children and be Your voice, Amen.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.