Tomorrow (Saturday) we have a special workday around campus. The primary purpose is to get our campus looking as nice as possible for the key events happening the next three Sundays…
This Sunday, February 25 is Sunday Funday/Kindergarten Round-Up. The kids of our school will sing in the service. Afterwards, they will display their social studies projects to the congregation and parents of our school. Finger foods will be available for lunch. It is also our Kindergarten Round-up. If you know anyone who has a preschooler looking for a Kindergarten classroom next year, please invite them to come and find out more.
Next Sunday, March 4, the Accreditation Visiting Team will arrive on campus. (Every five years, our school needs to go through a re-accreditation process.) After church, we will have a special luncheon in their honor and as a thank you to the many who helped document the many standards for accreditation. Tuesday afternoon, the Visiting Team will share their findings.
Sunday, March 11, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, WELS President and former KOK Pastor Mark Schroeder will be here to preach and share some memories. Before the service, he will have a synod Q&A session during the Bible study hour. After the service, we will have a potluck dinner in honor of his coming.
This Wednesday, Pastor Steve Blumer from Risen Savior, Orlando, will lead us in worship. Pastor Golisch will be at Redeemer Lutheran in Merritt Island.
Finally, registration for Camp South—Soul Survivor is open. Students completing 3rd-8th grade can go for a week’s worth of fun. The cost is $285 per participant. Click Camp South 2018 for information and the registration link.
Now here’s today’s devotion:
The One for The Many
“…through the obedience of the one Man the many will be made righteous.”
Al Capone is a household name in American history. Al Capone is the notorious mob leader who ruled the city of Chicago with an iron fist in the 1920’s.
But there’s another name we would do well to know. The name of this man is Frank Loesch. Here is his story. It was the height of Al Capone’s power. His violent reign over Chicago was so tough that local, state and federal authorities dared not to challenge him. Frank Loesch was an elderly man in his seventies. But Frank Loesch had had enough. So he led an effort to find a way to bring down Al Capone.
The work took years—years of stress, years of death threats, years of constant danger to himself and his family. But finally the day came. A court found Al Capone guilty of tax evasion. A judge sentenced him to prison. His bloody control was over. The 3 million citizens of Chicago were freed and no longer feared him, thanks to the determination of one brave man, a man by the name of Frank Loesch.
One man doing what had to be done to rescue the lives of many. It’s an extraordinary story. But even the story of Frank Loesch must fade in comparison to what Jesus Christ has done on our behalf.
You and I were under the rule of an iron fist. The iron fist was the curse of our own sin. Under that rule, our lives were fearful, empty, dark. But when Jesus came, he did what had to be done. On our behalf he served as our Champion. In our place he paid the price to set us free. The devil can claim us no more. The curse of our sin is gone. Instead we now possess forgiveness, and life, and light.
The One for the many. That’s Jesus. His victory is total. Because it is, we don’t have to be afraid anymore.
Lord Jesus, when the curse of sin ruled us with an iron fist, you came. You shattered sin’s grip and washed us clean. Keep us close to you. And thank you! Amen.