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The Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, Pastor

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Moved from Fear to Joy: A Christmas Gift that Keeps GivingDeath’s Death from Christ’s Death and Resurrection

 

Death, with its anticipation, anxiety, pain, suffering and finality, has been swallowed up by the death of Christ Jesus our Lord.  As St. Paul asks and concludes, “O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?  The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ESV).  As Dr. Martin Luther wrote, “Its sting is lost forever.  Alleluia!” (Lutheran Service Book 458:4).

 

The end of death—what a victory is ours in Jesus Christ!  Our age-old foe is defeated through the death of Jesus Christ.  Through His dying, death is defeated forever.  Christ’s work on the cross and His glorious resurrection pave the way for us to live in Him without death as something we fear anymore.  Life and death cannot separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).  Christ’s love defeats death for us.  With Adam and Eve and all the saints before us, we have been liberated from sin, death and the devil.  In the waters of Holy Baptism, our Lord brings us the forgiveness of sins, redemption from death and the devil and eternal salvation.  In the Lord’s Supper, our Lord gives us forgiveness, life and salvation.  In Holy Absolution, our sins are forgiven and we are restored.  Through the Holy Word of God, we receive gifts of healing, hope and life all through our Lord’s extravagant grace.

 

O, where is your sting, death?  We fear you no more;

 Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden’s door.

 For all our transgressions His blood does atone;

 Redeemed and forgiven, we now are His own.

 

If death is not to be feared anymore, as Dr. C. F. W. Walther reminds us in the resurrection hymn (Lutheran Service Book 480:4), then we live each day in Christ’s life...strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10).   The pains, worries, doubts, fears and uncertainties of the dark night of our soul are no match for the Holy Spirit moving in us through the Means of Grace to reach out in the darkness with faith to the One who reaches out to us in love first, hoping in Christ for the day of the resurrection and trusting His promises every day.  Every moment provides opportunity for thanksgiving as the Lord of life lives for us and in us.

 

As St. Paul reminds us, then, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God”  (Colossians 3:15 ESV).  This is our posture as we await the day of the resurrection of all flesh when Christ our life returns in glory when “death shall be no more” (Revelation 21:4).

 

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

Death is defeated! Death has died!  Alleluia!  We are alive!

 

Peace, joy and love always,

Pastor

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Saturday Liturgy: 7PM

Sunday Liturgies: 8AM & 11AM

Wednesday Liturgy: 7:30PM

 

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A Brief History

By the mercy of Almighty God, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, was founded in 1928.

 

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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing

(Boyd and Barnes Avenues)

The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056

 

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