“Ride on, ride on, in Majesty…” Jesus rode into Jerusalem as our majestic King. That classic hymn is fitting, isn’t it? Jesus does exude majesty. Our God exudes majesty.
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
So begins, and ends, Psalm 8. God is truly majestic. We see it in his creation. When we remove the distractions and distortions of stubborn hearts, or complaints, or regrets, we are compelled to praise God for his majesty. Children understand the greatness of God and are quick to praise him for it. Certainly there were children among those who lined the path with palm branches as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. What joy must have filled their young voices at the sight of Jesus! When the Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke the crowd and silence those children, Jesus said, “If they were silent, the stones would cry out.” The Psalmist captures that compelling nature of God’s majesty:
“You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…”
Yet, when we consider God’s majesty aren’t we struck by our own unworthiness?
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”
God’s creation opens our eyes to his power, his goodness, and his perfect majesty. His works, made by his own hands sit in stark contrast to the works we try to accomplish with our feeble hands. When we look at our life and our work, what majesty is there? None. Instead we see the blemishes and defects of sin littered across the landscape of our life. Why would God care for us?
That’s his true majesty. God crowns us with glory and honor, even in our imperfection. God’s true majesty is found in what he did for us through Jesus. After Palm Sunday it seemed Jesus’ majesty was stripped from him. He was beaten, ridiculed, and hung upon a tree to die. The creator of the heavens and the earth suffered as the worst of criminals. Yet, this was God’s majesty: the king who would die for his subjects; the king who really did care for his people; our God who cares for us. So Jesus died for us. He died to remove our blemishes and he rose to life to give us his majesty.
On Easter we celebrate his life and the life he gives to us. Psalm 8 speaks first about Jesus and then what Jesus gives to us:
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; and put everything under his feet.
This Easter, and always, let us join to say:
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Easter was beautiful, wasn’t it! Sure the day started with rain and cold – a little of the gloominess that the women who first went out to Jesus tomb felt. As the sun rose, and the clouds dispersed, Easter Sunday became a beautiful day. Beautiful Savior’s space was decorated with bright flowers – lilies and tulips and hyacinths – the fresh flower smell permeated the worship space. Voices joined in the songs we love to sing on Easter Sunday – songs that shout of the victory Jesus won. Those who attended Beautiful Savior joined together to enjoy the worship, enjoy the gospel, and enjoy each other’s company. Easter was a beautiful day!
What makes Easter so beautiful really isn’t the decorations, sunshine, and flowers. Easter is beautiful because of the truth it brings to us. Easter is beautiful because on Easter we remember that Jesus rose to life and all of his promises to us are sure and certain. On Easter we know that what Jesus shared with Elizabeth at Lazarus’ funeral is sure and certain:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25)
Easter is beautiful! Easter means not only that Jesus has life, but that all who put their trust in him also have life. Not just the life we live right now, but a life that never ends; a life that never experiences real death; a life that is completely fulfilling because it is a life lived in the warmth and light of God’s love; life that is beautiful, because it is no longer smudged and tainted with the darkness of sin; life that God says is a wonderful fragrance that permeates to him and in which he finds pleasure because we have been washed clean in Jesus’ blood; life that is filled with songs of joy and praise; life that swells with the shouts of victory.
The question Jesus asks you is the same question Jesus asked Elizabeth, “Do you believe this?” Do you believe in everything that is beautiful about Easter? Do you believe in Jesus’ resurrection? Do you believe you have the life Jesus promises to you? If so, what does it lead you to do? Will you allow Easter to be “one and done”? Do you only celebrate with exuberance and beauty for one day, or is Easter an every day celebration for you? Jesus wants the beauty of Easter to shine on every day of your life. Jesus wants the fragrance of Easter to fill your life every day. Jesus wants songs of victory to be sung everyday of your life. Let Easter be more than just a beautiful day. Let Easter bring a beautiful life.
How might you keep Easter as a part of every day?
Write a prayer asking God to help you keep your focus on the beauty of Easter every day.
On Sunday April 14th, Beautiful Savior will be blessed to have numerous young singers lending their voices to our worship service. The Festival Singers of Michigan Lutheran High School, St. Joseph, Michigan, will be contributing four anthems to our worship service. Michigan Lutheran High School is funded and organized by the WELS churches in the southwestern area of Michigan and the Northwestern area of Indiana.
While you might say that Michigan Lutheran High School is like any high school in regards to the students, the curriculum, and the extra-curricular activities, there are many things that make it different. Jesus Christ, and the gospel message, is the central focus of everything MLHS does. Every class. Every sport. Every event. Every day. It truly is a blessing to have this vehicle for Christian Education so close to Beautiful Savior. It also is truly a blessing that we are able to hear and be uplifted by the voices and talents of these students.
Enjoy the Festival Singers when they visit Beautiful Savior. Thank them for coming. Pray for them and for the continued opportunities MLHS has to proclaim the gospel and keep Christ at the center of everything they do.
After several attempts of twisting and tapping, the lid just wouldn’t budge. “Honey, can you open this for me?” Her teenage son, eager to flex his muscles, opened the jar and handed it back to his mother.
Life is sometimes like that jar, isn’t it? Sometimes we just don’t have the strength we need to tackle what’s in front of us. Not the strength it takes to move a piano or to change a flat tire, but the strength we need to raise our children or to stay married to someone who is so difficult to live with. We need the strength it takes to go to work and deal with people who are rude, inconsiderate and lazy, or to walk to the mailbox and open the bills we’ll have difficulty paying.
I need more strength!
“Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth…He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
What should we do when we need more strength? Hand that jar over to the Lord. He has all the strength we need and so much more. After all, he is the One who created the earth and everything in it. More than that, this strong, wise, loving God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. The all-powerful God came in human weakness to rescue us from sin and death. He was condemned and crucified. Weakness, right? No! Strength! Jesus used his strength to remain on that cross until every last sin of ours had been paid for. His empty tomb proves it. “Jesus was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). Death has been defeated! The guilt of sin before God has been removed! By trusting in Jesus, life in heaven is waiting for us.
Need more strength? The One who created the earth has it. The One who died and rose for you has it. He is the One who gives us the strength to face each day with fresh confidence. Find that strength in his Word. And then be ready to soar. Be ready to soar on eagles’ wings with renewed strength! Be ready to soar on eagles’ wings through every challenge of life! Be ready to soar on eagles’ wings to the home that Jesus has prepared for you in heaven!
Visit Beautiful Savior to learn more about the strength we find for life in God’s Word.
3628 W. Johnson Rd.
La Porte, IN 46350
Sunday Worship - 9:30am
Family Bible Hour - 10:45am
A La Porte county family founded on, and growing in, the truth of God's Word; sharing the love of our Beautiful Savior.