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This is a question that Americans like to ask in one form or another. As the title of the article asks: What does this mean? When the news stories come to us about the economy, or events overseas or next door we desire to know what this means for us. How will this affect me? When new laws are made by our elected leaders we want to know how this will impact our lives and the lives of our families. What does this mean? It is also a question Luther asked about many things in the 1500's. It is good for us to ponder this question as we celebrate the Reformation of the Church.

You have heard how Jesus, the Divine Son of God entered into this world in human flesh and lived a perfect life. You have heard how Jesus died on the cross, rose from the dead, and has promised to return. But what does all of this mean for you? What does it mean for your family? What can it mean for your neighbor? These are important questions to consider and to help others come to an understanding of as well. So let us search Scripture for an answer to this important question.

What does it mean for me that Christ has lived a perfect life?

  • It means that now "...we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • It means that "now righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and Prophets  testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe" (Romans 3:21-22).

What does it mean that Jesus suffered and died upon the cross for the sins of the world?

  • It means that "...by His wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5) and "...the blood of Jesus, His Son purifies us from all sin"  (1 John 1:7).
  • It means that if we do sin, "...we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense - Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world"  (1 John 1:1-2).
  • It means that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect  (1 Peter 1:18-19).

What does it mean that Jesus has risen from the dead?

  • It means that we can trust the words of Jesus:   "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 11:25-26).
  • It means that we can take heart because Jesus has overcome this world with all of its troubles and difficulties (John 16:33) just as Jesus said in John 14:19: "...because I live you will also live."

What does it mean that Jesus has promised that He will return again?

  • It means that "...He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him (Hebrews 9:28).

In conclusion then, what does all this mean for us?

  • It means that (Jesus) died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again" (2 Corinthians 5:15).
  • You now have a new mission. Your mission is to live for Christ. You live for Christ by serving Him, glorifying Him, and sharing the message of good news with others (Luke 1:69-75, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 28:18-20).

What Does this Mean: We have only begun to answer that question. This Reformation may God the Holy Spirit continue to work in your life so that daily you will search the scriptures and answer the question in your own life concerning what God's words and promises mean for you as you live your life on this earth.

Pastor Schoenfeld