For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicki Biggs
Director, Integrated Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Missouri Synod President sends Eastertide greeting
Offers Easter comfort via video message
ST. LOUIS, April 1, 2013—In a new, three-and-a-half-minute Eastertide video greeting, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, shares the message of St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, a chapter on what the Resurrection means.
Quoting St. Paul, Harrison says, “If we preach that Christ was raised from the dead, but then we deny that our bodies will rise, we deny even Christ’s Resurrection.”
“Christ, our head, is risen,” Harrison says, explaining what St. Paul taught. “But now that the head is seated on high and lives, there’s no longer any reason for concern. We who cling to Him must also follow after Him as His body and His members. For where the head goes and abides, there the body with all the members must necessarily follow and abide.”
Citing Martin Luther, Harrison also noted, “The hard work is over. … Christ has done everything for our salvation. It’s done. And, as Luther says, it’s as if our resurrection has already taken place in Jesus.”
In closing, Harrison offers this hope: “Whatever you face in this Easter season — difficulty, sorrow, sickness, even joys — know that Christ is yours. And ours is eternal life, an eternal life in the body. God bless you and blessed Easter.”
To watch the video, visit www.lcms.org/video/easter.
About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a biblical, confessional, witness-oriented Christian denomination with 2.3 million members in 6,200 congregations. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church strives to make known the love of Jesus Christ around the world. Learn more at www.lcms.org.