Easter and Baptism remembrance

He is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Is there a better sounding group of words in the English language than these simple words that convey so much? With these words we confess that our living Savior Jesus Christ has risen physically* from the grave. His flesh and blood exited the tomb three days after He committed his spirit to the Father when the penalty for the sins of mankind were paid in full.

After a very filling and tasty breakfast at the church, we celebrated Christ’s resurrection this morning at Bethany Lutheran with Divine Service V from the Lutheran Service Book, which is based on the Deutsche Messe by Martin Luther. In the service we received His body and blood, given and shed for us, in, with and under, the bread and the wine for the forgiveness of our sins.

Even though the sky was overcast with threats of thunderstorms, the day was beautiful. And it just got better. Right before we put the kids down for bed, after our family devotions, we had a family service to remember our son’s baptism and rebirth by water and the Spirit as a son of God. A beautiful night to end a beautiful day.

Now I’m going to relax, unwind and enjoy some much needed time with my wife and kids tomorrow.

He is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

* Yes I mean physically, just like you are physically wherever you are, touching your mouse and keyboard of laptap, using your eyes to read this post. He didn’t rise metaphorically, symbolically, spiritually or in my heart. If you think anything other than flesh and blood resurrection then you are wrong.

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