Faith Required

Dear People of Holy Week,

Easter and it's truth place a great demand upon our faith and triumphs through the cross? We can easily understand Good Friday. After all, we all know from human experience that the good often get it in the end. But how are we to comprehend resurrection – triumph over death and sin? Thus the theologian Karl Barth, citing both Luther and Kierkegaard for support, says in his great commentary “Romans,” that there is no access to a wondrous truth like resurrection through merely human reading and experience. The Gospel requires faith:

“The Gospel requires—faith…It can therefore be neither directly communicated nor directly apprehended …it can appear among us, be received and understood by us, only as contradiction. The Gospel does not negotiate or plead, threaten or make promises. It withdraws itself always when it is not listened to for it's own sake…”Indeed only when that which is believed on is hidden, can it provide an opportunity  for faith. And moreover , those things are most deeply hidden which most clearly  contradict the obvious  experience of the sense.” (Luther)

I hope to see each of you this Holy Week:

-Maundy Thursday at Great Beginnings Café , 6-730pm

-Good Friday at Confluence Ministries, 7pm

Prayers—for all who are in need of the THIRD DAY EASTER TRUTH THIS DAY,  including the: depressed,  poor,  homeless,  immigrant,  victim of violence, unemployed, under employed ,  racist, sick and all who mourn. Come Lord Jesus Come!

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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