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We Have a Message to Proclaim to the World . . . Jesus Lives!
“(He) who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 4:25-5:1, ESV)
When the women came to Jesus’ tomb that first Easter, they were truly puzzled that the stone was rolled away from the entrance and the tomb empty. They then encountered two angels and heard a message that is of universal and eternal significance:
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24:5b-7, ESV)
Jesus lives . . . we truly have a message to proclaim to the world! The risen Christ has a plan for getting this message out: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21, ESV). Concordia Theological Seminary exists to form faithful Lutheran pastors in Jesus Christ who will be sent out to proclaim the living Jesus daily to dying people. This month our faculty will certify 54 men to become eligible for calls into the pastoral ministry of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, which they will receive, God-willing, on April 30. This seminary is also dedicated to forming faithful deaconesses who point suffering people to the crucified and risen Jesus for peace and life. The faculty will also certify ten women who will, God-willing, receive a call on May 16 to serve as deaconesses in our beloved Synod.
We have a message to share. We have men and women willing to share it. What we need is your financial support for the formation of men and women at Concordia Theological Seminary in order that the glorious and saving message of victory over death through faith in the crucified and risen Jesus continues to be proclaimed and shared. Because of your support, the Easter message that Jesus lives will continue to ring out from pulpits each Sunday, as well as in hospital and living rooms each weekday. Through your gifts, servants in Jesus Christ will continue to be formed who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all.