Who Is God?

Jesus said,"It is finished!” Then, bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.(John 19:30)

If you want to know about God, where would you look? For some people the question is irrelevant because they say, “There is no God.” Others say, “God exists but cannot be known.” Others suggest, “God lives in you, so meditate and get to know yourself and then you will know God.”

The Christian answer is different. To know God, you need to know Jesus. The Bible says,“No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, who is close to the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18).Jesus is not a man who aspired to be God; Jesus is God born in human flesh. A disciple once said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father. . .Jesus answered. . .The one who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8-9). Paul called Jesus“the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). If you want to know God, know Jesus.

Know what about Jesus? Does God want us to know his miracles, or acts of kindness in feeding the hungry and healing the sick? Those are good things to know, but the Bible focuses our attention elsewhere. About one-third of each of the four Gospels describes the last week of Jesus’ life. Our attention is drawn to his death on a cross. There on the cross you see the character, nature, heart and mind of God. As you listen to his words from the cross, “It is finished” you know exactly who God is? And what do you know? You know God died!

God died! Now we know the justice of God. He said sin must be paid for. There, on the cross, God himself paid the penalty for our sin.

God died! Now we know the love of God. Rather than punishing us, he bore the pain himself.

God died! Now we know the will of God. From eternity he planned to save the world through this sacrifice. And on that cross he accomplished his eternal purpose.

God died! Now we know the wisdom of God. God's wisdom is given to us by the Holy Spirit as he worked faith in our hearts -- a wisdom to trust and know who the true God is.

God died! Now we know the power of God. He crushed Satan and freed us from the control of our evil foe. Trusting Jesus we will not perish in hell.

God died! Now we know the glory of God. Jesus brought glory to his heavenly Father by completing the work of salvation that the Father had given him to do.

Jesus died! Now we know God’s justice, love, will, wisdom, power and glory. What is the best part? We know that he didn’t stay dead. With his resurrection on Easter Sunday, his mission and our eternal salvation are confirmed!

So come and make the walk this Lent and see again who God is and who Jesus is who came and completed God’s plan of salvation by his death on the cross for the sins of the world.

—Pastor Gartner


Church News

Lent

Our Midweek Lent Services have begun. The services are at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. This year our theme for our midweek services will be "Three Words of Truth." Each service will focus on an important three-word phrase from Jesus' passion and resurrection. Next Wednesday the theme will be: "Love One Another." Please join us for these special worship services. A Supper will be served each Wednesday from 5:30-6:15 pm and please take note that the Confirmation Classes will be starting at 5:00 pm and will be over by 7:30 pm. We hope and pray that each child’s parents will be able to attend our midweek Lenten services with them.

Bible Classes

On Sunday mornings, Pastor Frey is leading a study on the first 11 chapters of Genesis—an important and interesting portion of Scripture. Join us this week as continue our discussion of chapter 3, the fall into sin and God’s promise to send a Savior.

Pastor Gartner has begun his new study, entitled, "What Must I Do To Be Saved -- A Study of God's Gospel and the Words The Holy Spirit Uses To Proclaim It." We will be looking at the many beautiful words that God uses in the Bible to describe God's plan to save us. Please plan on joining us for these studies.

Roller Skating

On Sunday, March 10, everyone at St. John is invited to our Roller Skating outing at Skate City in Kimberly. The cost is $5.00 and it runs from 4:30-7:00. We still need a few more people to sign up to meet our minimum amount. There is still time to sign up, but time is running out so please call the Church Office today or tomorrow if you are interested in going so we know how many will be attending.

Ladies Painting Night

On Sunday, March 24, all ladies of St. John ages 12 and up are invited to take part in making a painting. The cost is $20 and the sign-up sheet is in the back of Church.

Women of Faith Bible Study and LWMS

Tuesday March 12 at 1:00 pm all the ladies of St. John are invited to join us for a Bible study as we continue our study on "This We Believe" which is a statement of what the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) believes. It is a great opportunity for us to review some of the main teachings from God's Word which we believe and follow. We will also have an LWMS update plus a short business meeting. Please come and join us!