Summary: Jesus gave his life on the Cross so that we can take His life as ours.
The Great Give and Take
Resurrection Sunday 4.20.2003
During this joyous time of the year when we remember the great victory that Jesus gave us on the cross and the empty tomb, we must remember that there was a great give and take that took place that enabled us to live the lives that we have today. It was the give and take of eternity that was played out on a hill outside of Jerusalem as well as the empty tomb that today empowers us to live the victorious lives that are ours in Christ. It was a fair game, the price was established in eternity past and now paid in full by one Man, the Spotless Lamb of God who took upon himself the sin of a lost world. The Spotless Lamb of God who became sin for us who had never knew sin himself, all for the love of a fallen race.
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
1. Jesus came to give (Romans 8:11)
1.1. He came that we might life
1.2. He came to quicken our mortal bodies
1.3. He came that we might have the ZOE, God life, the abundant life
2. Jesus came to take away (John 10:10)
2.1. He came to take away our sin
2.2. He came to take away of shame
2.3. He came to take away the remnants of a past life
3. Jesus came so that we can take (John 1:12)
3.1 We must take Him as our own Saviour
3.2 We must take what He did for us and make it ours
3.3 We must take Him to become God’s Children
It is now up to us to take advantage of the give and take of two thousand years ago and live the life that has been given to us. We can give our old lives and all that that entails to Christ and take the life that He gives us in exchange. What is your choice this morning?