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May 8, 2006, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

It’s my turn now

By Pastor Thor Skeie, All Saints Lutheran, Darwin

What He says, he will do. When he said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will build it up,” He did. He kept his promise.

Easter confirms this. When He said to the blind man, “Go and wash your eyes in the pool of Shiloam and you will see.” The blind man did, and his sight was restored. When He said to the penitent, “Your sins are forgiven,” they were forgiven and people left His company in peace. When He said, “I will be with you always,” He is now and will be forever. Easter confirms this. Jesus was and is a “Promise Keeper.”

Easter teaches us that Jesus keeps His promises. Were not the women who went to the tomb early that morning greeted by the words of the angel, “He is not here, He is risen as He said He would?”

Jesus’ words have meaning. Jesus’ words are true; and because they are, He can be trusted to do what He says He will do. On that first Easter morning Jesus did what he said he would do, and because of it, gave eternal life to all who believe. These were promises that Jesus made throughout His ministry, and now have come to pass, even in our day.

Easter, the day of resurrection assures us that all of Christ’s words will come to pass. When Jesus says to us, “Peace be with you,” we can be assured that peace will be ours. When He says to us, “Do not be afraid,” we know that we have no reason to fear, for He is with us always. We have the assurance that He will be by our side forever. Easter confirms this.

Yes, Easter proves to us once and for all that we can constantly count on Christ’s words. Jesus is a “Promise Keeper.”

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