Good Friday – One Tragic Death – Luke 23:39-43 – April 19, 2019 – 7 PM

Good Friday – One Tragic Death – Luke 23:39-43 – April 19, 2019 – 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 of their actual 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.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 15:24

“for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”

-Luke 15:24 NIV

The parable of the Prodigal Son is pretty well known.  It shows the love God has for us and the extravagance of the forgiveness he gives to sinners who are sorry for their sin.  It’s easy to forget about the older brother in that parable.  He was the good boy, the responsible one, the one who DIDN’T take his inheritance money and spend it on hookers and blow.  The responsible brother was a little upset when his rebel brother came home and a feast was held in his honor.  And I guess I can sort of see why he was upset.  Why was a party never thrown in HIS honor?  Why a party for the screw up but not the good boy?  Well, let’s be clear, the party wasn’t celebrating the rebel son’s misbehavior.  It was celebrating the fact that he had returned home and apologized for his stupidity.  Is that not worth celebrating?  The dad said, “This son of mine was lost and is found.”  Yes, the older son was responsible and loyal, but do we deserve parties and medals for doing what we’re supposed to do? I think not.  Through Jesus Christ, God eagerly forgives those who come to him and are sorry for their sin.  We are to express joy, not jealousy that our God is as merciful to them as He is to us.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 31, 2019 – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 31, 2019 – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

The parable of the Prodigal Son is well known, perhaps because each of us can relate in some way.  We’ve done our own thing, gone our own way then, like the prodigal son, we realized how wrong we were and were grateful to be forgiven by those we left behind.  In this parable though, there are really two lost sons.  Each display selfishness and a lack of regard for their father’s feelings. Find out more this Sunday at Victory Lutheran Church 9 AM Worship!