Thursday, July 13, 2023

“Until Then!”


It’s usually a positive parting of ways when one person says to the other, “Until then!” It means that they have some kind of future meeting planned and they are both looking forward to that encounter. “Until then!” means there is going to be a next time. 

The cataclysmic effect of human rebellion against God’s rightful rule of the world created the most permanent “good-bye” imaginable – death. It is the singular traumatic event we experience when we speak for the last time with someone we care for deeply. In those gut-wrenching moments, the only emotions we feel are those of loneliness and intense separation. The pain is so devastating, people have debated for thousands of years if there is some kind of life after death in which people will be reunited. Some have eagerly latched on to such hope, others have dismissed it as wishful thinking. But then something happened two thousand years ago on an early Sunday morning which exploded the after-death reunion discussion. 

A man who had made spectacular claims about himself did something to back up those claims in an irrefutable way – he came back from the dead after being executed on a cross three days earlier. Jesus Christ, the most controversial figure in history settled the question of life after death with his own physical return to life. The evidence which he left to support his historical resurrection is as strong today as it was when his first followers announced the news to the world. 

What does an event which took place 2000 years ago mean to you? It means you don’t have to say “good-bye” to those you love. Through Christ, you can say, “Until then!”, even as they take their last breath. That’s a message too good to pass on. Join us for our worship service this Sunday and begin living an “Until then!” life. 

Sunday Worship Time: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.