04-28-2019 Sermon - Sent to Forgive Sins

Pastors in the Lutheran tradition say such bold things as, "By the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, I a called and ordained servant of the Word, forgive you your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Where does this authorization come from? Well, it primarily comes from the Gospel Lesson we are considering this morning on the Second Sunday of Easter. With our Risen Lord's early appearance to the disciples we discover the implication of his death and resurrection is that his church is sent and equipped to forgive sins. The forgiveness of sins is at the heart of the Gospel. And as Luther notes, "where there is forgiveness of sin there is also life and salvation."