I consider myself richly blessed to be a part of the Dyer Baptist Association here in Northwest Tennessee, where the pastors and association staff have a transparent love for the Lord Jesus and his churches. It was a great privilege to deliver the message at our annual meeting last night. I preached on the necessity of keeping the resurrection of Christ for us as the centerpiece of our lives and ministries. As always, Luther says it better than me:
“Know ye, then – sin, death, devil, and everything that assails me – that you are missing the mark. I am not one of those who are afraid of you. For Christ, my dear Lord, has presented to me the triumph and victory of His by which you were laid low. And from this very gift of his I derive my name and am called Christian. There is no other reason. My sin and death hung about his neck on Good Friday, but on the day of Easter they had completely disappeared. This victory he has bestowed on me. This is why I do not worry about you.”
– Martin Luther in Easter sermon in 1530 on Mark 16:1-8, cited in What Luther Says, 1218.