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Houston, Texas 77080
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Concordia Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas maintains a monthly blog covering a variety of Bible versus & topics.

Spring Stewardship

Dawn O'Hearn

     The greatest surprise about Easter is not that Jesus is alive, risen from the dead, out of the grave, that He conquered death & hell, & comes to meet you as He promised. The greatest surprise is that He did all that & is not angry. There is no fear for us in His return because He is not angry. He bears no grudge. He seeks no vengeance. He comes to give peace, with mercy & forgiveness & salvation.
     Jesus lives & is not angry. Imagine that. He is not angry. He doesn't blame those who killed Him. He doesn't blame you. For no one takes His life from Him. He lays it down of His own accord. He gives Himself into death to win us back from sin, death & hell. He does it willingly without coercion. He does it sacrificially, Him for us. He gave what was His to give. Thus His petition to the Father from the cross, "Forgive them" is granted to you in His resurrection. He comes alive out of death to forgive & to give His life to you.
     There is nothing to be afraid of because Jesus is raised from the dead & is not angry. Thus we are free - free from worrying about how to make it up to Him, & free to give as He has given to us. He gave Himself as a gift, His life in exchange for our death, willingly & sacrificially. And so it is that we are now free to give in like manner: willingly, sacrificially, with what we have been given.
     We give to the church because it is in the church were our eyes have seen & our ears have heard that Jesus lives & is not angry. It is here where we learn of God's mercy & forgiveness in Christ. It is here where we continually receive that message of life, where He visits us to give peace, with mercy & forgiveness & salvation.
     So do not be afraid. Jesus lives, & He is not angry. The sacrifice has been made. The debt is canceled & forgotten. Righteousness is declared. Jesus lives. He lives, & He is not angry. You are restored. You are reconciled to the Father in the Son. Your future is assured: Jesus lives. It is not just death & hell, the devil & his demons, that are undone. Your sins, your fear are undone. They are gone, forgotten, destroyed. Jesus lives. Hallelujah! Jesus lives. And because He lives, you are just. You are right with God, pleasing & delightful to Him. You are forgiven, clean, pure, holy, & filled with His good works & with His Name. He is not angry. He is glad to have you. He wants you. He loves you. He gave everything that is His to & for you, willingly & sacrificially. In faith & trust in Him, let us do likewise.