Sunday Worship
8:00 AM  &  10:30 AM 
Sunday School   9:15 AM
1300 Kent Drive
Lebanon, Mo 65538
Phone: (417) 532 - 2717

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

The Church Is One Foundation
Steven Anderson (101 Classic Piano Hymns Vol 1)
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Pastor's Message


May   2017



               Dear Members and Friends at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church,

 

You will notice in the Apostles' Creed we get both the state of humiliation and the state of exaltation of Jesus.  Think of them like stairs going down and then up again:

 

I  believe... in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

 

He descended into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From thence He will come to judge the living  and the dead.

 


The Apostle Paul expresses the humiliation of Jesus this way, "Being found in the appearance of a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death".  And Jesus' exaltation is described this way, "God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him a name that is above every name".


Consider what Jesus was like in His humiliation (suffering and submission) and his exaltation (victory and power).  In his humiliation He reaches out to heal the hurting and call sinners into fellowship with Him.  Indeed He does drive out money changers from the Temple, but he also holds the little ones and blesses them.


Does Jesus change in His exaltation?  Well, there are indeed changes, but not in His character.  He lives in a glorified body exercising the full power of His deity.  He upholds the universe (Eph 1).  His heart has not changed.


On Ascension Day what does He tell His disciple before He is taken out of their sight?  "You shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth" (Acts 1:6).  Jesus doesn't change.  In humiliation, He sought our salvation.  In exaltation, He seeks it too.


That is most comforting.  Jesus doesn't change and shift His character.  We can trust Him even now.  He loves us with an eternal love and that will not change.  Rather in His love He will finish what He has started  - - - the complete deliverance of His people from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

 

                                                          Blessings,

                                                    Pastor Dave