April 2018

Dear Believers in the living Christ,

It seems that the nightly news just very recently hammer home the sad and tragic truth that if someone intends on doing great harm to other human beings there is very little, if anything, that can prevent it. The day I am writing this article, another school shooting happened, this one in Maryland, and several improvised explosive devises were discovered in various locations in Austin, Texas; a couple of the bombs exploded injuring two innocent victims, and a couple of bombs were found unexploded. While we try to prevent violence by creating laws and statutes, laws will not stop all violence, threats, and terror. Evil does not arise because of a lack of laws but because of a naturally evil human heart.

In short, every act of violence man commits against man has one root–sin. In fact, sin is the root of everything that is bad–illness, lying, cheating, laziness, greed, prejudice, sexual immorality, abuse, bullying; you name it. And it all ends in the final proof of sin, namely death.

Wow. This sure is not turning out to be a very happy and encouraging newsletter article! But then again, is there anything happy and encouraging about sin? No. Nevertheless, there is good news to be had. And the good news comes not in laws and rules and the actions of sinful man, but in the grace and mercy and actions of the sinless man, Jesus Christ.

This is why the news from the empty tomb on Easter morning is such good news for us who believe. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6). The only effective answer to sin lies in the sacrifice, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sin, although inherent in each and every one of us, does not need to control us and leave us in eternal despair. The living Jesus is the only one who can undo sin’s terrible effects. He promises health in place of illness, peace in place of fear, and life in place of death.

Does this mean that when we become Christians sin will not so terribly affect us anymore? Of course not. In fact, Christians learn to see sin even more clearly than unbelievers and battle against it daily. But in our Savior, there is life and hope and peace beginning now and reaching perfection in heaven. Because of Easter, we Christians do not give up hope in the face of terror and violence. We have been delivered from it all by the grace of Christ, and He desires to deliver even more as we share His Easter hope.

So, good news! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

In His joy,

Pastor Fritsch

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