Summary: An Easter message designed to call believers to daily remember the sacrifice of Calvary.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
I. The Alamo (memorable, inspiring)
1834 – Mexican Dictator General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna laid seige to the patriots of the newly independent state of Texas.
After having been under siege for twelve days, Colonel William Barret Travis assembled his men, just before the Mexican army overcame the mission and drew a line in the sand
The next day…
March 6, 1834 – 4000 Mexican soldiers massacred 189 Texans who defended the small religious mission.
The battle was lost.
By April 1834 – The Patriots had won independence for Texas by defeating Santa Anna at San Jacinto behind the cry “Remember The Alamo”
Easter Season – “Remember Calvary”
We are in a battle for the territory of our souls…
1. Jesus Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice
-The men at the Alamo were men with families, lives,
hopes, and futures. They gave their LIVES!
“in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
He had a life, friends, family, yet he sacrificed it.
He gave his live in a particularly horrifying way…
2. What Jesus Purchased For Me Is Precious
-Texans cherished their freedom and continued to fight for
-Christians cherish their salvation and are willing to fight
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord”
3. His Spirit Is With Us In Every Battle
-The Texan army would have said at subsequent battles, “I feel the spirit of Jim Bowie or Davy Crockett here”
-We can know that the Spirit of Him who sacrificed him-
self is alive in us and giving us the power to succeed.
The Line In The Sand
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
If Jesus had not, who would have given their life for you?