Hope Lutheran Church seeks to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ,
to proclaim the gospel to others, and to strive for unity in Christ.

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A Note from the Pastor

3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore, we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 Romans 6:3-6

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain…If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. those also who have died Christ have perished.19If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being;as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:12-22

But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved uswhen we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7

Every Sunday, we gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Easter Sunday is different from all other days, even all other Sundays, because this is the day that God raised Jesus from the dead. The beauty of the resurrection is not just that Christ was raised from the dead, but what that means for us. Paul says that Christ has been raised from the dead, and that he is the first fruits of those who have died. Jesus’ resurrection is the first blossom of spring, the bud on the tree that promises fruit to come, in its season. The resurrection of Christ is the promise of our own resurrection. Resurrection is a promise for the future, but the resurrection of Jesus means new life for us now. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus frees us from our bondage to sin and death, and we walk with him in newness of life. The resurrection of Jesus is not just a promise for the future but has brought about a change in the world and its relationship to God. The resurrection of Christ is the beginning of God’s reconciling the world to himself, not just us, but the whole world, the cosmos. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Our estrangement from God came about because of the sinfulness of humanity. Our death was assured by our rebellion against God, our desire to rule our own destiny, and our desire to be like God. We all died in our humanity, even so in Christ shall we all be made alive.

The celebration of Easter this year seems extra special. The promise of our resurrection, and the resurrection of our loved ones, means more than ever. We rejoice in the newness of life!

Peace y’all, Pastor Allen