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Everyone must submit to the governing authorities. For no authority exists except by God, and the authorities that do exist have been established by God. Therefore the one who rebels against the authority is opposing God’s institution, and those who oppose will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1-2—EHV)

It seems as if most people lately are feeling one of two ways: fear or frustration. There are a good amount of people who are afraid right now—afraid of the coronavirus and what it might to do them and/or the economy. We have recently discussed the confidence and peace that Christ’s victory over death gives us.

“Death is swallowed up in victory.  Death, where is your sting?  Grave, where is your victory?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”    (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)

 Around 200 years ago, while the young country of America was involved in the War of 1812 with Britain, the commander of Fort McHenry in Baltimore asked Mary Pickersgill to sew a flag that was so big that the British would have no trouble seeing it from a great distance.  The result was a flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes that measured an outstanding 30 feet by 42 feet.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the undeserved gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

Pastor Frey reminded us very well in today’s Good Friday sermon that Jesus won the battle over sin, death and the power of the devil by his death on the cross. Why did Jesus come?

“When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days it will be the Passover, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (Matthew 26:1-2 —EHV)

Today is what is often called, “Silent Wednesday.” Scripture has much to say about the events of Holy Week—in fact, almost half of John’s Gospel (12-20) take place during Holy Week. We know Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Solomon, the author of these two short verses, commands us to do three things. I would like you to evaluate how well you have been doing at following these specific commands. We will use letter grades like the ones we used in school with: A - superior; B – very good; C – average; D – below average; or F – failing:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8.)

Who likes change? Most of us don’t like change at all and even those who don’t mind change would say that the last two weeks have been a little too much change. Stores are closing. Restaurants are closed or serving only take out.

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