Summary: Post Easter Seeker message..Answers Now What?
Because Of HIM
Judas is dead. Pilate wishes he was.
The Cross has been taken down… The empty tomb is. Still empty.
Now what? What has this last 4 weeks accompolished.
As a third-century man was anticipating death, he penned these last words to a friend: “It’s a bad world, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy, which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life.
They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people are the Christians—and I am one of them.”
There is joy beyond comparison in being a Christian. Henry Ward Beecher once said, "The strength and the happiness of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going in that way too."
If you are a Christian, then you know the joy that I am speaking of, however, if you are not a Christian, you are missing out on the joy of life. Become a Christian this morning, and experience not only the forgiveness of your sins, but also the joy that accompanies ..
And it si all because of Him…. And lt me tel you what you have Because of him
Because of Him…
1.) I Have Peace With God
It says to "Him who loves us”
In my encounters with people that do not know the Lord. I realize I hav to get some of them lost before I can get them saved. And one of my questions is are you an enemy of God?
Most will say, "of course not, I just don’t have to go to church to belived in God.."
Then I ask them if they like what the world ha to offer ?
Then I let them know that those who are not in love with Jesus are his enemies.
Then I quote Romans 5:8-10
See friends you cannot have peace from God is you have nevr accepted his love for you.
Peace is an offsprinmg of his love…
The Bible says that the wrath of God burns against all wickedness and evil and sin.
But it was the love of God that took his wrath out on his son.. it was beucuase of Him you have peace.
Alvin Straight, age seventy-three, lived in Laurens, Iowa. His brother, age eighty, lived several hundred miles away in Blue River, Wisconsin.
According to the Associated Press, Alvin’s brother had suffered a stroke, and Alvin wanted to see him, but he had a transportation problem.
He didn’t have a driver’s license because his eyesight was bad and he apparently had an aversion to taking a plane, train, or bus.
But Alvin didn’t let that stop him. In 1994 he climbed aboard his 1966 John Deere tractor lawn mower and drove it all the way to Blue River, Wisconsin.
We didn go after God.. He took the long journey of descended the stars to come and die for us to give us peace.
Col 1:21 says “ once you were alienated from God and were enemies because of your evil behavior., but now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death."
Phillipians goes on to say that Christians have a peace that surpasses all understanding”
Horatio Spafford, a businessman in Chicago, sent his wife and three daughters to Europe by ship while he remained back in the States, intending to join them later.
En route there was a terrible storm and a shipwreck during which their three daughters drowned. Mrs. Spafford made it to safety and wired back saying, "All of our daughters have been lost. Only I have been saved."
He took the next vessel. As they came near the place where his daughters drowned, the skipper of the ship pointed to the place where the other ship had gone down. It was there on the deck of the ship he wrote these stirring words:
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul."
Becucse of Him we have peace and secondly because of Him
2.) I have Pardon From God
Fred us from our sins is our pardon. forgivenes
A cartoon in the New Yorker magazine showed an exasperated father saying to his prodigal son, "This is the fourth time we’ve killed the fatted calf." God does that over and over in our lifetime.
Microsoft has formally launched the final revision of its Windows operating system for PCs. It’s called Windows "Me"—short for Windows Millennial Edition.