Summary: Jesus pain was our gain! This is an Easter sermon
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„X Today we are here to celebrate Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday.
„X This day is unique in the sense that we are celebrating something that changed the course of history and the destiny of mankind forever!
„X Christianity is the only faith where we do not come together to mourn the death of our leader, it is the only faith in which we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Jesus defeated death so that we no longer are trapped by the curse of death!
„X Do you ever remember a time that someone else paid the price for something you did? Did you have a brother or sister who took the rap for something you did? Maybe you did something at school that someone else got into trouble for?
„X Have you ever done something that required punishment, only to have someone voluntarily step up and take your punishment for you?
„X If you have ever had this happen to you, did you feel bad that another person took the punishment that you had earned, or were you just happy that you got away with it and someone else took the fall for you?
„X Today I would like us to understand that Jesus pain was our gain.
„X We all have sinned and because of that we have put ourselves at war with God.
„X This sin in our live makes us deserving of eternal punishment. Today, we are going to see that Jesus stepped up to the plate to take the punishment that belonged to us and put it upon Himself.
„X Today we will see why His pain was our gain!
„X Let us read 1 Peter 2:21-25.
„X The book of 1 Peter was written to encourage Christians who were being persecuted for their faith.
„X We are told that when we suffer we need to realize that Jesus set an example for us to follow.
„X We are called to do good even if we suffer for it.
„X SLIDE #3 2 Tim 3:12 reminds us: Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
„X We are not the only ones who sometimes suffer for doing good, Jesus did! As we will see, Jesus allowed this to happen for the benefit of others!
„X The word translated ¡§example¡¨ was a word used that pointed out the way a child was taught to write. Letters were written on a page and the children would trace the letters so they could learn how to write.
„X Jesus set an example of how to handle persecution.
„X CLICK #3 1 John 2:6 says: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
„X As we look at why Jesus suffered on the cross, we need to realize that His pain should have been our pain.
His pain was our gain because: SLIDE #4
I. HIS PAIN SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUR PAIN.
We need to understand that it was: SLIDE #5
1. Our sins caused His pain.
„X Verse 22 reminds us that Jesus committed NO sin! This whole passage ties back to Isaiah 53 which is part of what is called the ¡§suffering servant poems. They were written a few hundred years before Jesus was born and they spell out exactly what was to happen to Him.
„X Jesus was an innocent person. He lived a perfect sinless life. The bible shares this with us in many places. 1 Peter 1:19 says His blood was spotless, without blemish.
„X We are told that not only were Jesus actions sinless, but that He did not sin in His speech!
„X When Jesus was on trial, the religious leaders had to find people to falsely accuse Him of violating the Law. Matthew 26:59-60 SLIDE #6
„X Verse 24 tells us that when He went to the cross that He bore our sins in His body on that cross.
„X The word ¡§bore¡¨ was used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament to designate the act of a priest in offering various sacrifices upon the alter.
„X Jesus body was a sacrifice for our sins! HEBREWS 7:27. SLIDE #7
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2. Jesus did not vow to get even with us for the problems we caused Him.
„X When we get in trouble for something we did not do, our reaction would most likely be that we would vow to get even with the one who got us in trouble. Even if someone were to turn us in for something we had done, most people would want to get even with them.
„X Verse 23 says that when Jesus was unjustly being beaten and crucified, He did not use harsh words towards those who abused Him.