Tough love is hard. It is hard to keeps its promises. Just ask any parent how easy it is to cave. But God is the perfect parent with perfect love, and so he keeps his promises perfectly.
(John 19: 34) Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” In an effort to be thorough (and perhaps a little sadistic) the rough and tumble soldier made sure Jesus was dead by piercing a spear through Jesus’ side. In doing so, he pierced the pericardial sac, releasing a flow of blood and water. And so, in the action of one of the pagan soldiers, the promises of God are kept. He protects all of his bones, not one of them will be broken (Psalm 34:20).
This isn’t a case of “close but not quite”. It is a promise kept. This is key because if Jesus doesn’t fulfill God’s promises, God is a liar and he is not our Savior. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we have full forgiveness, not just for most sins but ALL sins. We have God’s promise on it. And nothing can keep God from keeping all of his promises not even death.
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Sharing Christ’s Love and Victory,
CURRENT SERIES – WHAT IF…
ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Bill shared a message about worship. We’re always worshiping something. Because of his faithfulness, power, and love, God is the only One we can worship without shame. Click here to view or read last Sunday’s message.
Coming Up This Friday – Tonight , Pastor Bill will share a message about the ultimate debt that has been paid for us. Although Jesus was perfect, he suffered death for your sins. You could never sacrifice enough to pay for your sins, but Jesus paid the debt in your place. Join us tonight at 6:30pm at church or online.
Coming Up This Sunday – This week, Pastor Bill will share a message about how the Resurrection impacts us now and for eternity. When we forget about the Resurrection, we’re right there with the Disciples – lost, hopeless, wandering. But Jesus is alive. And that changes everything. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Easter at Victory – An invite to church is an invite to God. So, who have you invited to Easter at Victory? Check out Facebook or Instagram for posts that you can share to invite a friend to join you on Sunday. We also encourage you to hand out the invite cards you grabbed at Victory last weekend. We can’t wait to celebrate the Resurrection with you! Note: There WILL be Victory Kids at both the 9:00 and 10:30am services on Easter.
Installation Service – On Sunday, April 28, we will officially install Pastor Ben Sadler as pastor at Victory of the Lamb during the services. We’ll have an Installation Celebration afterwards. You can click here to sign up to donate items for lunch. (NOTE: You will need to sign into MyVOTL to fill needs.) Also, stop by the Welcome Area during church for the next several weeks to leave a message of encouragement, words of advice, or a note telling Pastor Ben what you love about Victory.
Tell Us About Your Mom – Be a part of our Mother’s Day Celebration on Sunday, May 12. Sign up to be interviewed about your mom, grandma, aunt, or another mother figure who had an impact on your life. We’ll share parts of your stories during our Mother’s Day services, and the rest will be shared on social media. Click here to sign up to be a part of this story-telling opportunity.
Engage and Encourage – Moms are amazing! But sometimes, they need a break. Moms of young kids are invited to Engage and Encourage, an event taking place on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Victory. Find rest, inspiration, and joy through engaging with speakers and conversations with other area moms. Click here to learn more and register for this event.
Coffee Talks – Whether it was two months ago or 20 years ago, if you are affected by a past abortion, there is hope! Join us on April 27 for Coffee Talks, an event focused on those touched by abortion. This event will begin at 9:30 AM at APS Medical (8501 W. Lincoln Avenue, West Allis). Morning refreshments will be provided. Throughout the morning, you will be able to hear how others cope. Your confidentiality and anonymity will be respected and there is no expectation to share your experience. You can RSVP to this event by texting or calling Pat Johnson at (414) 416-9648.
Lutheran Chorale Concert – Join the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee for a concert of sacred music on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:00 or 4:30 p.m. at St. John’s, Wauwatosa (7809 Harwood Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53213). The theme is “Jesus, Our Refuge” and will feature choral favorites, audience participation, brass and timpani. A freewill offering will be collected. The organ prelude will begin 20 minutes before the concert. More information at lutheranchorale.org.