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It is our mission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in English throughout Europe in order to serve people with God's Saving Word and Sacraments.
 
We are dedicated to God's Word through regular Bible study, worship and prayer, sharing the Good News with all people by telling of the hope, love and purpose we have through Jesus.

 

 

THE GRAVE HOLDS NO FEAR


One of my favorite stories is about a man who was headed home late one night. He decided to take a short cut through the grave yard. It was pitch dark. What he didn’t know was a new grave had been dug and he fell in. For awhile he tried to climb out but the grave was 7 feet deep. Getting out seemed hopeless so he settled down for the night knowing help would arrive in the morning.  A short time later, a farmer who had been out hunting raccoons fell into the same grave. He too started to jump and try to get out but to know avail.  After a while, the first man, stood up, reached out in the darkness and touched the other man’s shoulder and said, “You might as well give up. You can’t get out.” The man was so scared by what had taken place he made in out of the grave in two seconds. That’s what Easter is all about. It’s about getting out of the grave. Not by jumping out but by being called out by the command of our Lord and Savior. Victory over the grave was made possible by Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morn.  Jesus came into this world to carry out a mission. His mission was to save humanity from the ownership of Satan, the bonds of sin, and chains of death. When the
sinless Son of God went to the cross, he did not deserve to die. He is the only one who had never sinned, never done one thing wrong. Yet, he was declared guilty in a Roman court and punished by his Father in heaven as if he were the worst sinner of all. That’s because he bore the sins of the world. “He was wounded,” as Isaiah says, “for the sins of the world.” God’s wrath was poured out on him. He was forsaken by his heavenly Father because of the wrongs we had done. He endured the pain and torment of hell for us all. Then committed his spirit into the hands of his Father and gave up his life for us. This is the amazing love God has for us sinners. This is the joy we celebrate at Easter. Jesus is no longer in the grave. He has also broken its power over us. When our Lord returns on the Last Day, he will raise all from their graves. Jesus told us that, “My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes on him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40). The Lord tells us the same thing in I Corinthians 6:14, “By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.” There is only one way to escape the grave. It is not by jumping or climbing out. It is through the power of Christ who rose from the grave for us. There is only one assurance we have for eternal life and that is also through  Christ. The empty grave of Jesus testifies to it. It’s just as Jesus said, “Because I live, you shall live also. (Jn 14:19) Falling into an open grave on a dark night would be a frightening experience to be sure. But, for the child of God – one who puts their trust in Jesus who rose from the dead, we need fear the grave no more. 
 

 

“For Christ’s love compels us…and he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Cor 5:14-15)


Confessional Lutheran Christian Ministry Pastor Donald Stuppy 
Im Holzweg 4a  55288 Spiesheim
Phone: 6732-600-3933 Cell: 173-419-9572
E-mail: welschaplain@gmail.com 
Web Page:www.welseurope.net
  

In His service, 

 

Pastor Donald Stuppy

 


 

 


 


 
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