Looking to Jesus

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV)

On that first Easter, as Mary Magdalene looked for Jesus at the tomb, the angel pronounced the astonishing news, “He has risen!” Our pastors proclaim this glorious message of forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation, and offer the Lord’s Supper to us, that we might look to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith.

There is but one Jesus and He is the One who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, the One who suffered under Pontus Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He is the One who descended into the very pit of hell to proclaim His triumph over Satan and rose on the third day never to die again. This is the Jesus into whose death and resurrection you were baptized. This is the Jesus who gives you His body and blood to eat and to drink that you might be one with Him and He with you in an intimacy that cannot be broken even by death itself.

As we journey together, following Jesus to the cross and on to His resurrection, we are reminded of our shared mission—to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all. Your gifts to Concordia Theological Seminary make it possible to prepare pastors and deaconesses who lead God’s people in their spiritual walk.

This Easter, as your eyes are fixed on Jesus, and you rejoice in the salvation secured on the cross and verified by the empty tomb, we ask that you give generously to support the work of Concordia Theological Seminary.