Resurrection Lutheran Church of Dublin

Holy Week

Resurrection invites you
to worship with us.

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday April 13th 
8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday April 17th
 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday April 18th 
7:30 p.m.

Christ Has Risen! Alleluia!

Easter Sunday April 20th
8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

    Easter Refreshments Between services.

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Resurrection Lutheran Church of Dublin
7557 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 | resluth@pacbell.net | 925.828.1580

 

A Word from Our Pastor

New Life...

Pastor Bliss

     Easter is about new life but a lot people who have been invited into this new life are seemingly unable to find it. It really is not a big surprise the problem is that we assume that being able to perceive this new life is something that we are able to do ourselves. Even John the Baptist, who saw the Spirit descend upon Jesus at his Baptism was unable to truly perceive Jesus' reality clearly. He sent his disciples to Jesus to help him to stand firm. They asked Jesus; “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me." Matthew 11:3-6

     We see these kinds of miracles in Scripture but there is something else going on as well. Some people meet Jesus and hear his words; they even see his miracles but are unable to grasp the grace and truth that he is bringing to us. What is the problem? It seems like a no brainer God wants to save not only us but the whole world. The New life Jesus is bringing is for everyone. He is risen yet still most of us still have difficulty seeing his truth.

     The real problem, just as it was in Jesus' time is we really don't want to hear, we don't want to see
either the beauty or the difficulties around us for booth are still there. Jesus addressed this very
problem to those who followed him during his ministry.

     He said;
The reason I speak to them in parables is that 'seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.' With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: 'You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn-- and I would heal them.' But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Matthew 13:13-16

     That our eyes might be opened, that our hearts might be changed, that our ears might indeed hear, all of these things are part and parcel of the songs we sing in our worship which I truly believe are prayers we are singing from the depths of our heart. So what is the problem? First of all let us look at what it is not. It is not that God is unwilling and somehow blocking us from this new way of seeing that allows us to walk in newness of life. In fact giving us that access was his primary reason for sending Jesus and we know that his purpose was accomplished that first Easter. In his Gospel Matthew tells us that, from noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "This man is calling for Elijah." At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. Matthew 27:45-52

     It is a strange story but it gives us some major insight into the gift of God that was given to us that
first Easter. Fist of all the curtain of the temple was torn in two. This curtain separated the main
sanctuary where people were allowed from the Holy of Holies where the presence of God dwelt. It
was believed that to enter that holy place was certain death. Jesus' death destroyed the curtain of
veil that separates us from God and as the rest of this passage tells us people began to have
glimpses of a new reality that is difficult for us to believe.

     This new way of seeing allows us to see the world as it is not as we wish it to be. It is a reality
that we can only see through the eyes of God and hear about only through the Word of God. It is
this breaking in of God's reality that first Easter that allows us to walk in newness of life. It is still not
simple though for to see through God's eyes is to perceive God's will and that is difficult for us. For
the fist thing that confronts us is the reality that we don't get our own way. Walking in newness of life
is learning to see with Gods eyes and walk in God's ways. We like Jesus have to learn to pray that
God's will and not our own be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Pastor Jim Bliss

April 2014