The theme for our school year is situated in our Lord’s Maundy Thursday farewell sermon. What Jesus said to his first disciples is also for us who are made disciples through baptism and faith in the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 28:19).
Your Lord, Jesus Christ, desires to give to you a peace that the fallen world can never give. And yet so many strive to find a peace that is apart from Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Our fallen human inclination is to do the same. We don’t really want to believe that the world hates the Christian, even as it hated Jesus Christ first (John 15:18). If we just have the right president, right political views, right all-inclusive love, right tolerance in all things, right [fill in the blank] we imagine right reformation of a fallen world that will express itself in Godly peace on earth. Right?Wrong. Jesus said, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). The fallen world cannot be reformed. The fallen world needs redemption. You and I need redemption.
The Good News is that redemption has come through the world’s only Redeemer, Jesus Christ. The redeemed live in the world by grace through faith but are not of the world. We know the peace of Christ through His bloody, cross-won forgiveness of sins – ALONE! Where there is the forgiveness of sins there are also life and salvation.
In the world you will have tribulation. That means that even in classical Lutheran schools there will be tribulation. Faith Lutheran School is not exempt from sin, conflict and troubles. And while this is true, we also know where to turn when trouble comes. We turn to Jesus Christ. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, Jesus has overcome the world!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
Rev. Stephen W. Kieser