Victory Vitamin Blog – Acts 5:42

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”

-Acts 5:42 NIV

 

 

So, the apostles talked and taught about Jesus. What’s the big deal?  The big deal is that the apostles had just been beaten and let out of jail for talking and teaching about Jesus. Classic case of recidivism.  Why would they do that?  They just got out of jail, they had just been beaten and yet they go right back to talking and teaching about Jesus, which is exactly the thing that got them beaten and jailed in the first place.  Why?  They couldn’t help it.  They saw Jesus after His resurrection.  They knew it wasn’t a hoax.  They knew that Jesus was dead, and came back to life.  That’s not something you keep to yourself, and it’s perhaps the strongest argument for the validity of the resurrection.  Would 12 men have risked (and later given) their lives for a lie?  What would they have to gain?  If they didn’t believe their sins were forgiven, if they didn’t believe they had eternal life, why would they persist?  Likewise that’s the reason we persist.  We live our faith, we talk about our Savior because we know Christ is risen.  (Did you just say, “HE is risen indeed!” out loud?  Nice work!)  Christ is risen, and it’s the Truth worth dying for.

Victory Vitamin Blog – John 12:17-18

“Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 

-John 12:17-18 NIV

 

Which are greater, words or actions?  Jesus once told a parable about a father who asked his two sons to do some work for him.  One son said “Sure!”, but never did it.  The other said, “Nope.”, but later went and did the work.  Words or actions?  One of the things that made Jesus popular with the people of His day was the fact that he didn’t just talk, He acted.  The verse above tells us that the people who were there when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead continued to spread the word about it.  He didn’t just talk about raising Lazarus, He did it!  Many of the people who rallied around Jesus on Palm Sunday were there because they hear about His great deeds.  Perhaps they wanted to see more?  They soon would, as Jesus willingly entered Jerusalem, gave His life on the cross, and rose from the dead.  Our God is a God of ACTION!  Because we could not save ourselves from our sins, He became human, suffered, and died to earn forgiveness and eternal life for us.  ACTION!  Now it’s our turn.  Jesus acted on our behalf, now we act on His behalf to bring His love and forgiveness to a world that needs it badly.  What action will you take on God’s behalf today?

Good Friday – The Service Of Tenebrae- John 19:17- April 14, 2017 at 7 PM

Good Friday – The Service Of Tenebrae- April 14, 2017 – 7 PM

Tenebrae is a Latin word which means, “shadows.”  The distinctive feature of the Tenebrae service is the gradual darkening of the sanctuary.  The service is symbolic of the apparent victory of the powers of darkness over Jesus at his death, but actually of their defeat by Him who is the Light of the World.  The first part of the service recounts the events leading up to the death of Jesus as recorded by the Gospel writer, John.  Part two reviews the seven last words of Jesus from the cross. Learn more Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7 PM at Victory Lutheran Church.