A Mighty Fortress

First Lutheran Church   Plainville, Kansas

Peace Lutheran Church   Natoma, Kansas

June, 2017

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57

That is the theme verse for our Vacation Bible School this year: A Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory is Won!

Have you ever won, when you knew you should have lost?  A miracle basket at the end of the game, or your opponent made a huge oversight in playing their hand at cards or a board game?

The victory is all yours, but in reality, you had nothing to do with it.  You won, but all accounts record that you should have lost.

Gideon and his 300 men should have been wiped out by the Midianites, and yet God provides the victory.  Goliath should have swallowed David whole, but God gave David the victory.  The Maccabees should have been slaughtered, but God delivered them to victory.

There are always upsets in life; times where the strong and mighty lose to the weak and lowly.  But how do you explain an unexplainable victory that happens not just once, but every time?

For every time Satan rises up to do battle; he loses.  Every time Satan thinks he can seize the day, he finds that he once again loses.  Each time Satan thinks he is about to grab hold of everything he has ever desired, it slips right through his fingers.

By all accounts, he should win.  After all, his opponent is you.  You are the one who can not keep God’s law perfectly.  You are the one who fails to faithfully believe, teach and confess the faith into which you were baptized; you are the one who has constructed idols all around you, so much so that you cannot even see the one true God of heaven and earth.

And yet, each time Satan thinks you are his, each time he thinks you are in his column, he loses yet again.

What happens?

You have a secret weapon.  You have someone who fights on your side, and gives you the victory each and every time; no matter what tricks Satan tries to hurl at you.

That weapon is Christ Jesus.

Left to your own devices, you lose every time.  But you are not left to your own devices, for by your baptism into Christ, you have the Lord of hosts fighting on your team each and every day, driving back the forces of evil, and shining the bright light of Christ Jesus into whatever darkness and turmoil you might find yourself in.

The victory over sin, death and hell is yours, thanks to Christ Jesus.

Satan cannot hurt or harm you; Satan cannot claim you as his own; Satan cannot drive you from the arms of your heavenly Father, for your protector and defender this day and every day, is Christ Jesus, who by His own death and resurrection has secured the victory for you of life forever in Paradise for you.

Please pray for our VBS on June 5-9, that those who teach and those who learn, might know of the victory that Christ has won for them.

God Bless!

Pastor Schmidt

About revschmidt

An LCMS Pastor in North-Central Kansas
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