17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but rather, 'This man said, I am King of the Jews.'" 22 Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."
23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic.[a] But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,
"They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots."
So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" 27 Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst." 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Today, once again, we hear of terror attacks carried out by Satan's minions known as ISIS or radical Islam, or whatever you want to call them. If there was every evidence that Satan, sin, and hell are all real, this is it. You can't deny the reality of evil in the world. It has been around since Satan fell from heaven and tempted Eve with the thought that she could be like God, knowing good and evil. Before she ate that fruit she only knew good. Evil didn't exist in the world. Since then evil has grown and run rampant.
And so we pray that God will give courage and peace to those who are dealing with yet another tragedy due to evil. And we especially pray for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones due to that evil.
It is in the middle of that evil, that Jesus says, "It is finished." Even though his death was in a different time and place, it was for ALL people and for ALL time! It was even for the tragedy in Brussels this morning. It was for all the tragedies in your life. All of these tragedies will come to an end on the day that Jesus returns.
What does the fact that it is finished mean for you personally? It means that there is no need for you to pay restitution for all your crimes (sins) against God. Jesus has paid restitution. It means that you can be certain that all the requirements of the law have been fulfilled on your behalf. It means that you are no longer responsible for fulfilling the law for yourself, to save yourself. It means that you are loved forever, and that love will never go away. It means that you will go to be with Jesus when you take your last breath. It means that you can have that "peace that passes all understanding."
The death of Jesus means eternal life for you! Have joy, peace, and comfort in that today and throughout this Holy Week!
Prayer: Lord, bless me to remember your death with fondness and admiration so that others may know Your love through me. We also ask that you would bless the people of Brussels today as they deal with this terror attack and the anxiety, stress, anger, sadness, and fear that comes with it. Use this tragedy to bring people to you and grow your kingdom. Help all of us to know that even though it may look like this terror is increasing, it will never defeat You or destroy Your kingdom, but it will only make it grow and hasten Your coming. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15???
Wed- Choir practice 7pm
Thurs- Maundy Thursday worship 6:30
Fri- Assemble Newsletter 9am; Good Friday worship 6:30
Sat- Set up for Easter breakfast and set up tomb upstairs 8am; NO WORSHIP
Sun- Sunrise Worship 6:30am; Breakfast 7:30; Egg Hunt 9; Worship 10
Acolyte- Thurs- John Pezold; Fri- Dawn Sherman Sun- 6:30- Gus Klaustermeier 10- Hailey Blechle
Ushers- Thurs- George, Gary, and Ben Hoelscher; Fri- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte
Sun- 6:30- Team 1A 10- Team 2A
Altar- Thurs- Set up Cheri Hofeldt; Clean up- Terry McKenzie; Fri Set up Terry McKenzie; Sun- Set up- Linda Callies, Clean Up- Lois Boeger
Elders- Thurs- ALL ELDERS SHOULD BE THERE; Sun- 6:30- Jason Cluver, 10- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 6:30- Rich and Peggy Talbert; 10- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay Readers- 6:30- Tim Linke; 10- Jim Rahn
Organist- All Week- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Thurs- Jacob Winn Fri- Terry McKenzie 6:30- Terry McKenzie 10- Jacob Cluver
TODAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: Who was Jephthah?
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