My Easter Responsibility
March 27, 2005
- I've discovered the Internet ministry of Pastor Tod Bolsinger through his blog. And I really appreciate everything in his posts and I really was touched by what he says about my Easter responsibility.
It's Easter Day and I'm waiting for my wife to get out of the shower, so I can take one and then go to church.
I'm trying to rekindle the true significance for me of what happened at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I could wring my hands over the fact that the Lansing State Journal which I just finished reading has absolutely nothing about this holiday. Same for all the newspapers that are online.
I even listened to the Easter sermon of Pastor Ken Klaus of the Lutheran Hour over the Internet. It seemed to be the same sermon I've heard most of my life on this day. You can hear it so often that it blurs in your mind and your heart just hears blah, blah, blah.
Then, I remember a Christian musician that my son, Justin, turned me onto named Derek Webb. Recorded at a live concert, he talks between songs about the importance of the Gospel which has as its centerpiece, the Resurrection.
Webb tells a story about how Martin Luther's congregation complained about him preaching the Gospel week after week. They emphasized that they knew the story. They wanted something different, something in addition to the same Gospel.
The way Derek Webb recounts it, Luther responded that he would continue preaching the Good News or Gospel until they started living like they had it in their heart. I guess, I should say I know that I need to hear it again today in church. I'm still working on getting the reality of the Gospel into my heart.
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