4/3 FAITH MATTERS: Easter brings message of promise

Would you like ... an anchor for your soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19)?

Birth that’s brand-new, into living hope (1 Peter 1:3)?

Comfort in any calamity (2 Corinthians 1:4)?

Death itself defeated and destroyed forever (1 Corinthians 15:26)?

Everlasting exaltation crowning your head, as sorrow and sighing flee away (Isaiah 35:10)?

Forgiveness for all your sins, since God’s chosen substitute has taken them all away and died in your place (Leviticus 16:21)?

Grace upon grace (John 1:16)?

Hope that leads to eternal life, solely as an inheritance from your Father, and justification in his courtroom, now and on the last day, totally by his undeserved mercy (Titus 3:5)?

Kingship that will keep increasing forever (Isaiah 9:7)?

Love from God — love without any merit or conditions, without beginning or end (Jeremiah 31:3)?

Mercy that will bring you to eternal life (Jude 1:21)?

A new name (Revelation 2:17)?

Ointment for every wound (Jeremiah 8:22)?

A perpetual parade, a triumphal procession— thanks to God (2 Corinthians 2:14)?

Quiet confidence that never quits (Isaiah 32:17)?

Rest for your soul (Matthew 11:28–29)?

Strength when you’re about to faint (Isaiah 40:31)?

Tenderness, in place of being trashed (Hosea 2:14)?

Understanding, now and forever (Proverbs 2:6)?

Victory over Satan and all his evil army (Revelation 12:11)?

Wisdom which God destined for our glory before time began (1 Corinthians 2:7)?

Extreme, even unlimited patience from God, as an example to others (1 Timothy 1:16)?

Your youth renewed, like an eagle’s (Psalm 103:5)?

Zeal for God Almighty, even when the struggle has gone on so long, and all seems lost (1 Kings 19:14)?

Don’t trust in yourself, then, or in anyone else who teaches you to trust in your own supposed strength, savvy or supposed goodness. Repent of all that. Die to all that.

Trust, instead, in Jesus, the Son of God, who died for you on the cross and rose from the dead bodily the first Easter.

Trust only in Jesus, your Savior.

He lives.

He reigns.

Soon he returns!

Rev. Daniel A. Witte, pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, can be reached at 747-5564. For more information, see Faith Matters is a regular feature of the Herald, written by local clergy members.