THE COLORS OF GOD’S LOVE at OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH
Black is the color of our sin and represents the sinful world in which we live. God made Adam and Eve holy—in His own image. But they sinned by disobeying God’s commands. As a result, all mankind has inherited the sin of Adam and Eve—and the consequence of that sin is eternal death and separation from God. Not only were we born in a sinful condition, but we too have disobeyed God. All people have sinned and deserve nothing but God’s punishment.
“There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” Ecclesiastes 7:30
“Sin entered the whole world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.” Romans 5:12
Red represents the blood of Jesus Christ. Because of God’s love and mercy, Hesent His Son to save mankind from sin and death. Although Jesus was without sin, He willingly suffered and died on the cross, taking upon Himself the punishment that we deserved. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, victory over sin and death has been won for all who believe.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“And the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7b
White is the color of holiness and represents God’s gift of forgiveness. We could never make up for the sins we have committed or earn God’s forgiveness. But Jesus took the blame and punishment for our sins when he died on the cross. God declares us forgiven for Jesus’ sake and offers us His forgiveness as a free gift. Because of Jesus Christ, we stand before God spotless and clean—without sin.
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
“I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name.” 1 John 2:12
Blue represents faith. We receive God’s gift of forgiveness by grace through faith. This is not a decision we make by our own will power. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit that is worked in us through water and the Word. Baptism is the means God has chosen to give each of us what Christ earned for us on the cross: forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Through Baptism, God creates faith in us and makes us new people. We are born again as his children to live new lives in Christ.
“We know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:18.
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewals by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 3:5
Green is for the freedom we have been given to live and grow as God’s children. We have been set free from the guilt and power of sin. The Holy Spirit who brought us to faith, now comes to live in us. His power is at work in us to help us to do things that are good and pleasing in God’s sight—not to earn God’s love, but because He first loved us and gave Himself to us.
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again . . . Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:15,17
“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Gold represents the sure hope we have of eternal life in God’s kingdom. Our life on this earth and the world itself will certainly come to an end. But believers in Christ don’t need to be afraid of either of these ends. Because Jesus lives, we too shall live! As Christians we can be absolutely certain that when Jesus returns to judge the world, he will take us to be with Him in heaven. Until that day comes, we can live our lives on this earth joyfully and confidently, living in that sure hope.
“Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” John 11:25
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:2-3