Faith is your all-access pass to the Father

Today is the 100th anniversary of the day the Titanic struck the iceberg that sank it.

Fast-forward: If shortly you want to sail from Fort Lauderdale for a week's cruise on Allureof the Seas, the world's largest ocean-going passenger vessel now, it will cost you over $5,000 to have the best cabin, and you still will not have access to the captain of the ship at all times. He will be busy.

Today is also the day in 1865 that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

So? If you flew to Washington, D.C., this weekend, stopped by the White House and asked to see the president, you would have no chance to be one-on-one with him, unless perhaps you have been a major contributor to his causes.

If you tried to barge in on President Obama, Secret Service personnel would arrest you immediately.

But imagine Mr. Obama spotted you somewherein the tour area of the White House, or on the grounds, and he saidto his chief of staff,"See that person? I needa word with that per-son."

If he gives such a command, all barriers will drop. Staff will call the head of security.

The head of security will call the guard. The guard will approach you.

The door to the Oval Office will be wide open.

You have better access to power, however, if you trust in the Son of God, not yourself.

When Jesus died, saying "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit," he went straight to the Father.

By his perfect life, he had total access to the hands that steer the universe.

On the first Easter he rose from the dead to prove it.

You, too, in Christ,have total access, not to the captain of the world's largest passenger ship, not to the most powerful man in the world, but to the almighty Ruler of the universe.

And you have his mercy and attention, his own arms held out to you, for all eternity.

Can you be sure?

Scripture says aboutJesus, "He was handed over into death due toour trespasses and was raised due to our ac-quittal.

"Therefore, sincewe have been declared innocent by trusting, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him, by trusting, into this grace in which we stand" (Romans 4:25-5:2).

The Rev. Daniel A. Witte, pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, can be reachedat 747-5564. For moreinformation, see FaithMatters is a regular feature of Saturday's Herald, written by local clergy members.