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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 GivingA Lot to Swallow

 

Even before our parents in Paradise swallowed the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we had swallowed the poison of our own choosing because we believed the lie that was peddled in our direction by the Enemy.  Rejecting the perfect communion that our Lord offered us in the Garden of Eden, we chose instead to believe that we can be like God based on something that we do.  It was a lot to swallow, but we did.  And when we did, all creation had a lot to swallow since our sin disabled all creation from escaping the consequence of death.  Separation from God and from each other became the new normal.

 

And yet, death has been swallowed up by death; its sting is lost forever, as Dr. Martin Luther reminds us in his Paschal hymn.  Our Divine Redeemer’s death on the holy cross and His holy resurrection swallowed sin and death for us.  Jesus climbed the tree of the cross to suffer and die for us and rose from the dead to bring new life to us all.  It was a lot to swallow, but He did it in unconditional love for us.

 

The resurrection of Christ is a lot of swallow.  Many disciples did not believe it at first.  Many people today still do not believe it.  In addition to that, many may believe that Jesus rose from the dead but cannot believe that this has an eternal and lasting impact on our every days lives.  It is a lot to swallow.

 

Bearing that in mind, our Lord has provided His Holy Supper to us.  “Take and eat; this is my Body given for you,” He says to us.  At the altar, we who ate death through our parents Adam and Eve are invited to eat forgiveness, life, and salvation through Jesus Christ.  Even as the world tries to force feed us its putrid poison, toxic news, and deadly lies, our Lord continues to put a new song in our mouths and gives us something better to swallow.  New life is ours by grace through faith on account of Jesus Christ.  By the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, our Lord has given us this good news to swallow, internalize, and share:  Alleluia! Christ is risen!

 

Resurrection is a lot to swallow and a lot to share.  Thanks be to God that we can do both as we look forward in hope to the day of Christ’s return in glory.

 

Peace, joy, and love,

Pastor

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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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