Pastor's Corner Apr 21 2019

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Christ has won a victory—or has He? Did His brutal death seem like a victory? There had been darkness and an earthquake; the temple veil was ripped from top to bottom. All such phenomenon seem important to believers, but can easily be explained away or quickly forgotten. Indeed, the Roman soldiers recog-nized something special had happened: "Now the cen-turion and they that were with him watching Jesus, having seen the earthquake, and the things that were done, were sore afraid, saying: Indeed this was the Son of God," (Mt 27:54). But this sentiment did not make great waves. Annas and Caiaphas remained in power; Pilate remained the Roman governor of Judea; Herod Antipas remained the tetrarch of Galilee; the apostles remained in fear.

Where was His victory? On the way to Emmaus, the disciples said, "But we hoped, that it was he that should have redeemed Israel," (Lk 24:21). Their hopes and dreams had been dashed. They were con-sumed by self-pity. So much so, that when the women returned from the empty tomb with stories of an angel their report was held in suspicion.

How did our Lord react to their self-pity? "O fool-ish, and slow of heart to believe in all things which the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suf-fered these things, and so to enter into his glory?" (Lk 24:25-26). Suffering was predicted as a cause of His glory.

Are we consumed by self-pity? Notre Dame is burning. Infanticide and euthanasia have joined the evil of abortion as the accepted law world-wide. Christ is being crucified anew. Where is Christ's victory?

Despite the public character of His public ministry and very public death, Christ operates almost in secret. "To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing may not understand," (Lk 8:10).

Christ's victory over sin and death is a mystery! We have experienced THAT it is true. Sometimes we are at a loss to describe HOW it is true. Do we have the eyes to see the mysteries of the Kingdom of God? These eyes are not ordinary eyes. They are the eyes of faith; the eyes of honesty; the eyes of humility. It is only in faith that we can experience the happiness of Easter.