My brothers and sisters in Christ, especially dear brother pastors:

Tomorrow is the first day of what is called “The Great Triduum.”  Triduum is Latin for “Three Days” – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, with the Easter Vigil and the beginning of our celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord.  These three days are the heart of the year, the hinge of history.  The most important events of all time happened with the death and resurrection of Jesus.  God Himself came into our house of death and brought victory when Jesus stepped forth from the tomb and showed Himself alive to His disciples, whose witness now also brings us life.

YOU are now at the front lines of this great battle, a battle already won, even while it is still being fought.  You are bringing the message of life into this world of death. You are the agents of Christ’s Kingdom, His intent to rule in the hearts and lives of people.  This is the time for you to shine with His light. 

What we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:5-6).

So preach that Word.  Plant it home. Preach it with passion.  Give out the gifts of life – with joy and abandon!  The results do not depend on you, but on His Spirit.  You are called simply to tell the news – Christ has died!  Christ is risen!  Christ is coming again!  God does the rest.

Oh, I know that the world won’t always listen.  Many will react with a “ho-hum, that again?”  “But to those who are called… Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24).  The outcome belongs to God.  He calls you and me to be faithful.  May God grant you all the strength and wisdom you need to proclaim Christ crucified and risen again, faithfully and with passion and joy.

Praying for you in your work of bringing Jesus to your people, I remain

Yours in the Crucified One, who also lived again!
+ Herbert Mueller
First Vice President – LCMS