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.