Summary: ALTHOUGH THROUGH HIS BIRTH, LIFE, AND DEATH CHRIST DID A WONDERFUL JOB OF BRINGING GOD AND MAN BACK TOGETHER AGAIN, HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE RESURRECTION ALL HE DID WOULD HAVE BEEN IN VAIN
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION
MATTHEW 28:6 – 7
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you
WHEN YOU THINK OF EASTER WHAT DO YOU THINK OF?
NEW CLOTHES, BRIGHTLY COLORED EGGS, FAMILY GATHERINGS, ECT.
ALTHOUGH SOME MAY USE EASTER AS AN EXCUSE TO BUT A NEW OUTFIT, AS IF THEY NEEDED AN EXCUSE TO SHOP
AND YES THERE ARE BRIGHTLY COLORED EGGS FOR THE DELIGHT OF CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
AND THANK GOD THAT FAMILIES STILL GATHER TOGETHER WHEN EVER POSSIBLE
EASTER IS MORE THAN ALL OF THESE
MANY THINK OF EASTER ONLY IN TERMS OF THE DEATH OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS
WHILE WE ARE REMINDED OF THE DEATH OF CHRIST AT EASTER THAT IS NOT THE WHOLE MESSAGE OF THE SEASON
EASTER IS NOT A TIME OF MOURNING THE DEAD AND DYING, BUT IT IS A TIME TO CELEBRATE LIFE AND THE LIVING
CHRIST DIED ON FRIDAY, HE AROSE ON SUNDAY
EASTER IS A TIME WHEN WE ARE REMINDED OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION
THE OUTCOME OF HUMANITY WAS CHANGED FOREVER THAT SUNDAY MORNING 2000 YEARS AGO
UP UNTIL THAT DAY THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOD AND MAN WAS DISTANT BECAUSE OF SIN
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALONG WITH DEATH CAME PAIN, AND SORROW, SUFFERING
BEFORE SIN CAME INTO THE PICTURE WE READ WHERE GOD DWELT AMONG MAN
AFTER SIN CAME TO MANKIND GOD STILL DWELT WITH THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT IT WAS ALWAYS BEHIND THE VEIL OF SEPARATION
BEFORE SIN THERE WAS NO NEED FOR THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD
AFTER SIN WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO REMISSION OF SIN
BEFORE SIN THERE WAS NO SICKNESS OR DISEASE
AFTER SIN THE HUMAN HAS BEEN PLAGUED WITH SICKNESS AND DISEASE
AFTER THE FALL OF MAN IN THE GARDEN AND SIN BECAME A MAJOR ISSUE IN HUMANITY, MANKIND LIVED FOR MANY YEARS WITH LITTLE OR NO HOPE OF THINGS GETTING BETTER
BUT THAT CHANGED 2000 YEARS AGO
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
WHEN CHRIST CAME TO THIS WORLD, HE DID NOT COME AS MANY THOUGHT HE WOULD
HE DID NOT COME AS A KING IN A PALACE, BUT AS THE LAMB OF GOD BORN IN A STABLE WITH A MISSION TO ACCOMPLISH, A GOAL TO ACHIEVE A PURPOSE THAT WOULD DRIVE HIM
FOR THE FIRST 30 YEARS OF HIS LIFE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE INCIDENT AT THE TEMPLE AT THE AGE OF 12 THE ONLY THING WE KNOW OF CHRIST IS THAT HE LIVED AS ANY ORDINARY MAN
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
ALTHOUGH GOD IS ALWAYS GOD, HE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE HUMAN FEELINGS OF HUMANITY UNTIL CHRIST CAME AND EXPERIENCED THE FEELINGS OF THE HUMAN RACE
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS
CHRIST WENT ABOUT WITH A MISSION OF RECONCILIATION
FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS OF HIS LIFE ON EARTH CHRIST SPENT HIS DAYS REACHING OUT TO HUMANITY WITH THE LOVE, MERCY, COMPASSION, AND GRACE OF GOD
THE FOUR GOSPELS ARE FULL OF THE MIRACLES THAT CHRIST PERFORMED WHILE ON THE EARTH
EACH MIRACLE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO RECONCILE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOD AND MAN
AS WE CLOSELY STUDY THE HEALING MIRACLES THAT CHRIST PERFORMED, MANY TIMES BY MANS STANDARD THE PERSON WAS UNDESERVING
BUT CHRIST REACHING OUT TO THEM IN THE LOVE OF GODS LOVE COMPASSION, MERCY AND GRACE GRANTED TO THEM WHAT MAN MIGHT HAVE SAID THEY DID NOT DESERVE
THERE WERE THOSE WHO CHRIST FORGAVE THEIR SIN, HE NEVER CONDONED THEIR SIN, BUT WAS WILLING TO GIVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE TO BE REUNITED WITH THE FATHER
YET THERE WAS MORE TO HIS MISSION THAN JUST MIRACLES
ALTHOUGH THOUSANDS WERE FED, MANY WERE HEALED, SOME EVEN BROUGHT BACK FROM THE DEAD, FOR THE MOST PART HUMANITY WAS STILL SEPARATED FROM GOD
BECAUSE OF THE SIN ISSUE THERE HAD TO BE BLOOD SHED