Lamb of God Ev Lutheran Church & Academy
April of 2019 ~ Newsletter

Christ has risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Did Lent end prematurely? Have we abandoned muting our Alleluias? 

No brothers and sisters Lent does not end until the pronouncement of resurrection during the Easter Vigil on 20 April. We remain in the Lenten Season until that time. Yet it is always true that Christ has risen and that He IS risen never to die again. Death has been undone and lies vanquished.

Even in the midst of Lent it is important that we remember that our victory is always secure. Our lives have been saved from eternal death right now while we still live physically. For Christians eternal life began on Easter morning and comes to us individually in Baptism. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is a grave (tomb) for the sinful nature from which the new man will “emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever”.  As your Baptism is a current reality for you so is the resurrection that it affords. This is, however, only true because Christ is risen from the dead.

While we continue to “mute our Alleluias” during Lent we rejoice and thank God that Christ is alive never to die again.

Ironically, it is the reality of the resurrection that makes our contrition (and death) something useful. As we are alive in Christ we contemplate what it is to be dead in sin and also the cost of our redemption. This is the true benefit of all of our Lenten traditions.

So my brothers and sisters in Christ let us rejoice and be glad that even during Lent it is true that… Christ has risen. He IS risen indeed. Alleluia!


                                                                                              Pastor Houser