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Pastor’s Corner Vaccinated By Pastor Carl Nielsen Bethel Lutheran Church Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) Louis Pasteur performed the first vaccination in 1885. He injected his experimental rabies vaccine into a boy who had been bitten by a mad dog. Since then, this medical procedure has saved countless lives and practically eliminated many once-fatal diseases. Pasteur’s contribution to human history is great. But there is one greater. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection has saved us from the terminal disease of sin. When we were born into the human race, we were already infected with it. Had it not been for Jesus’ self-sacrifice, there would be no hope for us. Christ has cured our fatal infection with sin. Our bodies are still mortal, but those who die in Christ will rise again. We have forgiveness of our sin and have been born anew. We enjoy a full life now and a permanent relationship with God that will last for eternity. This promise spoken by Jesus Himself is life-changing. Our relationship with God, restored by Jesus Christ, provides the power we need to restore our broken relationships with others. Now our lives are full of God’s love and grace, and we honor Him by serving others in His name. We are moving into the church season of Lent. It comes from an Old English word for “Spring.” Apart from the obvious reason for the name (Lent always comes in Spring), the name also suggests that this season should be a time of renewal, growth and new life. It is a time to give more time and attention to our relationship with Christ. It is a time to take our sin seriously and give thanks for what God has done for us through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. Are you grateful for what Jesus has done for you? How are you expressing your thanks?