“Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.”  -Mark 16:6

From Harold L. Senkbeil’s Lenten Devotions, “Triumph at the Cross” (p. 166-167)–

…And it is the life of Jesus Christ that we need still today.  For it’s time to face the truth.  It’s time to hold up a mirror to our sadly twisted world and see it for what it has become.  And as the world becomes more and more chaotic, we have our own share of personal confusion and pain.  We have turned our backs on our Creator.  We have grieved our God and hurt our neighbors.  The sad truth is that sin is not just to be found in the world out there; it lies within our hearts too.

But amid the emptiness and confusion of our world and in the very face of our sin and death comes this glorious Easter gospel:  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified for our offenses and raised again for our justification.  And he is here among us.  The risen Lord Jesus comes among us yet today, hidden in the water of Baptism, the bread and wine of his Holy Supper, and in the Word proclaimed in his holy name.  Where is Jesus?  He is here among us!  And his gifts remain forever sure: the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

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