Friday, 14 March 2008

BLESSED EASTER - 2008

We are at the beginning of the Holy Week. Many memorable events happened in Jesus’ life during this week:
His triumphal entry to Jerusalem, the institution of the Holy Supper, His suffering in Gethsemane and the betrayal, His judgment before the Sanhedrin and Pilate and Herod, His crucifixion, His death and burial – and finally, on Easter Sunday: His glorious resurrection! But we can summarize all His work in a very short sentence: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins”. All these events happened with the sole purpose of giving us forgiveness of sins, and through forgiveness, life and salvation!

Receive this BLOG with my wishes of a BLESSED EASTER IN THE RESURRECTED LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Carlos Walter and Lídia Winterle

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What is the Sacrament of the Altar?
It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by
Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.

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Where is this written?
The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and St. Paul write: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the
night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave
it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in
remembrance of Me." In the same way also he took the cup after supper, and when He had
given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
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What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?
These words, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins," shows us that in the
Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where
there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.

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How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things?
Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: "Given and
shed for you for the forgiveness of sins
." These words, along with the bodily eating and
drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what
they say: "forgiveness of sins."
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Who receives this sacrament worthily?
Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words "for you" require all hearts to believe.
(Martin Luther's Small Cathechism"
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1. Christ has arisen. Alleluia!/ Rejoice and praise Him. Alleluia!
For our Redeemer burst from the tomb,/ Even from death, dispelling its gloom.
Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy.
Death`s fearful sting he has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving. Alleluia!/ Jesus is living. Alleluia!







2. For three long days the grave did its worst/ Until its strength by God was dispersed./ He who gives life did death undergo/ And in its conquest His might did show. :
Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy.
Death`s fearful sting he has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving. Alleluia!/ Jesus is living. Alleluia!








3. The angel said to them “Do not fear./ You look for Jesus who is not here./ See for yourselves the tomb is all bare./ Only the grave cloths are lying there.”
Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy.
Death`s fearful sting he has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving. Alleluia!/ Jesus is living. Alleluia!








4. “Go spread the new he`s not in the grave./ He has arisen this world to save./ Jesus` redeeming labours are done./ Even the battle with sin is won.”
Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy.
Death`s fearful sting he has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving. Alleluia!/ Jesus is living. Alleluia!











5. Christ has arisen to set us free./ Alleluia! To Him praises be./ Jesus is living! Let us all sing./ He reigns triumphant, heavenly King!
Let us sing praise to Him with endless joy.
Death`s fearful sting he has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving. Alleluia!/ Jesus is living. Alleluia!


(Text: Bernard Kyamanywa, b.1938; tr. Howard S.Olson, b.1922
Music: Mfurahinim Haleluya, Tanzanian trdicional)

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