Summary: Our greatest need is restoration, and spiritual healing, so God sent Jesus for "U".
Jesus Resurrection & "U"
Matt 26:53-54 NIV
Luke 24:1-10 KJV
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
Understand what happened for U
God has not given us vast learning to solve all the problems, or unfailing wisdom to direct all the wanderings of our brothers’ lives; but He has given to every one of us the power to be spiritual, and by our spirituality to lift and enlarge and enlighten the lives we touch.
Understand that Man needs God
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
But our greatest need was restoration, so God sent us a Savior.
1. Jesus died and arose to restore man’s fallen relationship with God
2. Jesus died and arose to defeat Satan, and destroy sin, and free those in bondage.
Murder, Rape, Incest, Homosexuality, Adultery, Uncontrolled unmoral restraint, pride, unmerciful, inventors of evil things, Hands that shed innocent blood, Wickedness in sizes and colors, Emptiness, Loneness, Death.
Understand this was no accident, Christ died and arose intentionally
Matt 26:53-54 NIV
53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
Because He Lives
A. Satan may have you on the run, you can become victorious
B. Satan may have raised you, you can have a new identity.
1. Jesus purposefully came to sacrifice his life for man.
On the 10th of June, 1770, the town of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was utterly devastated by an earthquake. From one of the destroyed servant’s housing buildings the slaves had fled, except a black woman, the nurse of her master’s infant child. She would not desert her charge, though the walls were even then giving way. Rushing to the child’s bedside, she stretched forth her arms to protect the babe. The building rocked to its foundation; the roof fell in. Did it crush the hapless pair? The heavy fragments fell indeed upon the woman, but the infant escaped unharmed, for its noble protectoress extended her bended form across the body, and at the sacrifice of her own life, preserved her charge from destruction.
2. Jesus purposefully gave his life to save mankind.
a) For the hope of salvation
b) With mercy, and grace.
c) For promises for faith
d) With Jesus death and resurrection we would have protection from Satan
e) We have victory
3. Jesus purposefully gave his life to heal mankind.
1 Peter 2:24 KJV
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
Pardon of sin, and restoration to the favor of God, we have peace: but takes us into friendship and fellowship with himself.
a) The lost find reconciliation with God
b) For Christ’s Healing Love.
c) For us to call to
d) We have a new spirit, and mind
e) The removal of guilt and shame
f) For hope, joy, and peace.
4. Jesus purposefully gave his life to empower mankind.
When the Standard Oil Company began to refine petroleum there was a black substance that no one knew what to do with. Black, sticky, stinking, it could not be buried, nor burned, nor run into a stream. If it were buried or burned, everyone complained of the all but endurable stench; if it were run into a stream, it killed all the fish. So the company offered a reward to any one able to solve the problem. A great many chemists, attracted by the promised reward, occupied themselves with the problem. Finally one walked into the office of Mr. Rockefeller with a white shining substance, free from every offensive quality, and extremely useful. It was what we know today as paraffine, used for candles and hundreds of other good, useful purposes.