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Pastor’s Corner Rev. Bruce Zimmermann, pastor, Christ Lutheran Church Gladbrook, Iowa

March 21, 2014
Northern-Sun Print
His code name was “Cicero.” During World War II he stole many top secrets from the British ambassador. He then sold these secrets to the Germans for more than a million dollars. Sometime later, when he tried to spend the money in South America, he was arrested for passing counterfeit money. Cicero had betrayed the British but now found himself betrayed. The million dollars the Germans had given him was all counterfeit. This reminds us of what the Bible says: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:-8) What do you think would happen to us if God made us reap what we have sown? What if he treated us the way we have treated others or treated him? Certainly he would have the right to punish us. Yet the Lord Jesus came into this world to keep us from reaping what we have sown. He was betrayed by his friends, mistreated by his enemies, and finally put to death on the cross. He was reaping not what he had sown but what we have sown, so that we might never have to suffer what we deserve. Now we can reap what Jesus has sown, for he was victorious and lives forever as our Redeemer. We can be credited with all the kindness and love he showed, and can receive the gift of heaven. How can all this be ours? Trusting Jesus. As we live our faith in him, we are “sowing the Spirit.” And from the Spirit, God’s Word promises, we will “reap eternal life.”
 
 

 

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