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MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH

Lebanon, Illinois

"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth,

†and the truth shall make you free" John 8:31-32.

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Jesus Christ

Lutherans teach that the Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, took on human flesh, and was born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38). He became true man in order to ransom the human race from the futile ways of sin, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with His precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19). In Jesus Christ "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily" (Colossians 2:9) because He is both true God and true man, who was truly born (Luke 2:1-7), who lived a perfect life without sin (Hebrews 4:15), who "humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:8), and who "has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:20). "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds [we] have been healed" (1 Peter 2:24). When Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, God the Father "put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church" (Ephesians 1:22), and "from thence He will come again to judge the living and the dead" (Apostles' Creed). Lutherans read the whole Bible with Jesus Christ at the center. The Old Testament prepares for and points forward to Jesus Christ, and the New Testament reveals and proclaims Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen for us sinners. As Martin Luther taught, the Bible is "the manger" that brings Jesus Christ to us. Continue