Reformation celebration is ‘Eternal Celebration’

Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia! A greeting and response that will be heard over and over again during these seven weeks of Easter.

We once again celebrate the great event of Jesus’ coming back to life after three days in the grave. Think how the Reformation impacts our celebration.

The Reformation reclaimed the Scriptural truth that salvation is a matter of what Jesus has done for us over and above anything we could try to do. That helps keep the joy and meaning of Easter something real and valid for us today and always.

The Christian Church would be meaningless without its central focus on Jesus and all that He accomplished for the salvation of all people. Yet that almost happened as 500 years ago the church had gotten to the point that it was in danger of losing sight of this truth.

It had become filled with abuses and corruption so that people were being mislead by many church leaders. Those leaders were saying and doing things that pointed people toward doing something to earn salvation by good works instead of preaching and teaching that salvation is accomplished in full by Jesus.

Only by His fully perfect and complete life and work that led to His dying an innocent death on a cross are our sins paid for and forgiveness gained. Any good works we would and could do, in God’s sight, only come as a response in gratitude for all that Jesus has done.

Luther and the Reformation worked to refocus people’s faith on Jesus’ accomplishments and on none of their own.

Trusting in Jesus alone, our desire to live eternally in heaven is now a reality. It is not something we hope to get, but a hope we have. It is just as true now as it was 500 years ago, as well as from the time God set the plan into motion. In Jesus we have the assurance of heaven. There is no doubt since none of it depends on us.

So we still rejoice in all that Jesus has done and are thankful that the Reformation worked to keep Jesus’ work alone at the center of our faith.

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Come and celebrate with us.

We invite you to contact, or visit one of these churches: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fredonia (672-6731), Immanuel Lutheran Church, Gowanda (532-4342), or Trinity Lutheran Church, Silver Creek (934-2002).

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