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Jesus' Resurrection Is Your Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

Rev. Kurt Hering

Easter: The feast of Resurrection, Historic Series
Trinity Lutheran Church  
Layton, Utah

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Sun, Mar 31, 2013 

Preaching to the saints of the Lutheran Church at Christ-Elkhart and Faith-Hugoton in Kansas since February 8, 2015. All sermons prior to that date were preached either at Trinity Lutheran Church-Layton or First Lutheran Church-Tooele, Utah.

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!



And so are you, dear Baptized. So are You. Jesus' resurrection is your resurrection.

The resurrected Christ is here with you in His Holy Church. And because He is seated at the right hand of the Father, that means you are with Him in the kingdom of heaven.

To hear the entire sermon preached for Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of Our Lord, click on the MP3 audio link provided above. The audio begins with the Old Testament Reading. The sermon begins at the 21:00 point of the mp3 file.

A servant of the Word and His folk,

Pastor Hering

For those of you who prefer to read or read along while listening, the preaching manuscript follows below.

Nota bene: Sermons are meant to be heard. Some points from the manuscript are explained and filled out during the preaching, so you will need to listen to the audio file to get the full effect.

Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

TEXT: 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:56-57

He is risen! -- He is risen indeed!

Alleluia! -- Alleluia!

And so are you, dear Baptized. So are You. Jesus' resurrection is your resurrection.

• That is what Paul is preaching to the Corinthians and to you this morning.

• That is what Jesus sent His disciples out to the ends of the earth to preach, and teach, and even baptize into.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

• That is what you have been given to have a part in, even now.

The resurrected Christ is here with you in His Holy Church. And because He is seated at the right hand of the Father, that means you are with Him in the kingdom of heaven.

Though unseen, and certainly unfelt, in this baptizing and being made disciples, you are being resurrected—now by participating in His resurrection and by having your spirit lifted up out of this world of sin, and on the last day in your very own flesh and blood to see with your own eyes and feel with every fiber of your being.

And, yes, resurrection is what you are receiving today in your ears; what you are saying and singing with your tongues; what you have had poured over your head (or what you are being invited to have poured over your head); what you will receive in the bread and wine that is the very body and blood of our Lord.

Jesus' resurrection is your resurrection—but, that is only because His death is your death.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.

IOW, "It is finished." John 19:30 There is no resurrection w/o death. But the death that means separation from God is finished for us in Christ's crucifixion. That is why we dare not miss or forget Good Friday—either Christ's or our own. So God gives us His Word and His Sacraments by which we participate in and are ever reminded of His death so that we may always also participate in His resurrection and keep in mind that we have been and are indeed raised with Him.

8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

And again:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:4-6


• By His Baptism;

• By His Good Friday;

• and by His Resurrection and ascension.

It's all one thing to God in Christ Jesus. It is all finished for us.

56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

And it is all given to you. You are baptized into His Good Friday, His Resurrection, His Ascension. This Baptism that "works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare"; also continues daily as "the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever." [Small Catechism of Baptism]

Of course your weekly, daily, minute-by-minute struggles with sin, death, and the temptations of the devil as you

• labor to put food on the table,

• fight against the ravages of various illnesses and father time on your body,

• and wrestle with the depression and despair of a world that is falling apart around you and threatening to take you down with it

are telling you otherwise—but falsely and misleadingly so.

Besides being at war with your flesh to separate you from God and blind you to the kingdom of heaven, the world would also plays with your mind and would have you think the perfect life is defined by equal rights, equal opportunity, equal pay.

• Equal rights of eating, drinking, and pleasuring yourself to death.

• Equal opportunity to get sick, shot, or blown to kingdom come.

• Equal pay of wages that never seem to be enough and always disappear way too soon.

Yup. We're all equal all right.

there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. Romans 3.

All of this makes what you get in God's Holy Christian Church so important, necessary, and urgent. You just don't get it anywhere else. There simply is no other place to participate in Christ's death and so to be raised with Him in His resurrection than where your sins are forgiven by the very breath of the Holy Spirit.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you." 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld." John 20:19-23

that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ….If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:3, 6-9

Confession is your Good Friday, wherein the sinner dies and has all his sin buried, never to be resurrected by our Lord again.

Absolution—God's absolute, unconditional, no-strings-attached, no doubt about it Good News proclamation of the forgiveness of each and every one of your sins for the least to the greatest—this absolution is your Easter Resurrection, wherein our dear Lord raises you out of the death of sin to participate in His Holy and never ending life.

So come and get this absolution often. It is always available, whenever you ask for it at the Lord's invitation and seek it where He gives it to be found—in the preaching and teaching and even the brotherly conversation of His Word that

• leads to and flows out of Holy Baptism;

• joins you to the very body and blood of Christ;

• sends you out into the world as His forgiven people to forgive others

• and gives you and all who hear and believe it the forgiveness of sins and eternal life

by making Jesus' Good Friday your Good Friday as you confess your sins. And by delivering Jesus' Easter Resurrection to you and you to Jesus' resurrection in the absolution of your sins—in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

He is risen! -- He is risen indeed!

Alleluia! -- Alleluia!

And so are you.

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and His Resurrection.

Insofar as this sermon is a true proclamation of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, it belongs to Him and His Church. Therefore its use is free to all who deem it worthy and beneficial.

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