6 While we were still weak, at the right moment, Christ died for ungodly people. 7 It isn’t often that someone will die for a righteous person, though maybe someone might dare to die for a good person. 8 But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us. 9 So, now that we have been made righteous by his blood, we can be even more certain that we will be saved from God’s wrath through him. 10 If we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son while we were still enemies, now that we have been reconciled, how much more certain is it that we will be saved by his life? 11 And not only that: we even take pride in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, the one through whom we now have a restored relationship with God.
June 6th 1944: This day is remembered as the turning point of WWII for the allied forces. Listening to a Veteran years ago that was on the beaches of Omaha I remember him saying that the hatred of one united a world of many. –Barack Obama said “It was unknowable then, but so much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only six miles long and two miles wide.”
I believe a key reason we so admire the victorious D-Day invasion troops was: their quest was true, for the good of mankind and it was to set other people free from oppression and terror. The apostle Paul tells us how Jesus gave His life unselfishly, beyond what we could ever do. He died “for ungodly people,” came to save us while we were still enemies. Going far beyond anything we could have done for ourselves, He gave His life to set us free, spiritually, forever. Paul in essence is saying, the love of One united all with our creator and this is a gift we should be sharing.
I hope you can join us today as we celebrate Jesus's love through communion.
Father, thank you for sending me Your Son who bought me eternal victory. My Lord Jesus, You defeated hatred and death, not by hating or trying to kill, but instead taking the worst they could do upon Yourself so I might live free. May I learn this in my own life to trust enough to love even though the world screams for me to hate or take revenge. Lord, I thank you for inviting me to share in Your victory over hatred and death. Lord, I pray this morning for the victims of violence in this world especially those in Virginia. Lord I pray this in Your Son's name, Amen.
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006