Holy (Maundy) Thursday Service – April 2, 2015 – 7 PM

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It’s easy to take the Lord’s Supper for granted, but it really is a remarkable gift from God.  Jesus is really present in that meal.  There we have a regular opportunity to dine with God.  We receive comfort from knowing that God is with us, and we leave in peace knowing that our sins are forgiven.  Learn more about the book of  Exodus 24:11 NIV this Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Victory Lutheran Church.

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Zechariah 9:9

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

– Zechariah 9:9 

What a strange thing to do.  I can think of far cooler ways to make an entrance, but this wasn’t about appearances.  This was about fulfilling prophecy!  God had promised through the prophet Zechariah (9:9) that one bringing salvation would ride on a donkey.  So that’s what Jesus did.  On Palm Sunday he rode on a donkey.  God promised it and Jesus fulfilled it.  It may seem like a detail, but if God is faithful in keeping promises like this one, we can be assured that He will keep His much bigger promises to us.  He promises to work for good in all things, (Romans 8:28) and He keeps that promise.  He promises to forgive our sins and remember them no more, (Jeremiah 31:34) and He keeps that promise.  He promises that His grace is enough to see us through any earthly hardship, (2 Corinthians 12:9) and He keeps that promise.  Best of all, God promises that whoever believes in Jesus will be saved, (John 3:16) and He keeps that promise.  This coming week is Holy Week and we’ll review the events of the week leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus.  If you’re nearby, please consider worshiping at Victory this Holy Week to rejoice in the promises God keeps to you!  Wherever you are, find a church where you can hear what Jesus has done for you and rejoice in the promises God keeps to you!  Christ has died, Christ is risen and because God has been faithful in keeping those promises, we can be certain that one final promise will also be kept.  Christ will come again.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Genesis 14:18-20

“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.   And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”  Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”

– Genesis 14:18-20

Melchizedek?  I know, right?  Not one of the more well-known names in the Bible.  Oddly enough, Hebrews 5 tells us the Jesus is “a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek”.  What does that mean?  In a nutshell, it means that Jesus is superior to any of the priests that served before Him in the Bible.  Jesus is eternal and serves forever.  Jesus is sinless and needs to offer no sacrifices for Himself.  As is mentioned above Jesus, Like Melchizedek, blesses us. The greatest blessing being the forgiveness He earned for us when He served as both priest and sacrifice by offering His perfect life on the cross.  The name “Melchizedek” means “King of Righteousness”; Jesus certainly is.  Melchizedek was King of Salem.  Salem is a form of the Hebrew word for peace.  Jesus certainly is our King of Peace.  Finally, just as Melchizedek offered bread and wine to Abram, so Jesus offers us His body and blood in the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper for the forgiveness of our sins.  In the Old Testament, priests were intercessors between the people and God.  Jesus still intercedes for us and our heavenly Father listens and responds when His perfect Son speaks.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalms 107:1

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

– Psalms 107:1

One person will read that verse and think, “If God is love, why is there so much suffering in the world?”  Another will read that verse and think, “If it weren’t for God’s love, I wouldn’t make it through life in this sinful world.”  It’s a matter of perspective, I guess.  Is it possible for God to be loving, without Him removing all stress and suffering from our lives?  Is it possible for God to be loving and at the same time allow children in Africa to starve?  Well, if we’re going to believe what God reveals about Himself in the Bible, then we have to admit that God is beyond our comprehension.  His ways are “higher than ours”.  It will always prove fruitless when we try to judge God.  We can’t know how He’s working things out.  If God is God, we’ll have to take Him at His Word.  Some never will, but others believe that the Lord is good, and His love endures forever.  We believe it because He says it, we believe it because we’ve experienced it, and we believe it because He became human and proved His love on the cross.  He didn’t have to do that, but because He did, we have eternal life through faith in Him.  Eternal life.  Eternal.  His love endures forever.  Patience.  We will experience the greatest measure of God’s love when time has ended.