Summary: Talks about why we celebrate Easter.
Resurrection Sunday – 2011
April 24, 2011
I woke up this week thinking about Easter and what it all meant. Easter marks the end of Lent, which is a forty-day period of fasting and prayer for a lot of people. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Palm Sunday and Good Friday, which helps us remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday. This year Pentecost Sunday is June 12th. Ascension Sunday is June 2nd.
Resurrection Sunday is so huge – what could I say that hasn’t been said before? Then I felt the Holy Spirit say - “Don’t even try. Just remind them again of what Easter means.” So, I want to remind you of some important things concerning the Easter season. The bible says,
“Keep reminding God’s people of these things... Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:14-15
So that’s what I want to do today. I want to ‘correctly hand the Word’ and I want to remind you of some important things. Things that are important to God. He knew how easily we forget, so He was always having the Children of Israel piling up monument stones or putting up markers to remind them of significant things He said or did. He created many holidays and celebrations and commanded His people to celebrate regularly and remember.
So today – let’s remember what this celebration is all about. Sometimes we get distracted by all the hoopla. The colored eggs, the sugar candy, the spring colors, Easter and the Easter bunny – those things are fun and a part of our celebration – but let’s not forget the 1. Load of Sin, 2. Life everlasting, and 3. Love of the Father. First of all,
1. The Load of Sin. Our Sin caused it all. When Eve willingly rebelled against God – sin came into the world and mankind was forever warped and twisted with a bent toward sin. We are born into the world selfish, self-centered, and desiring and demanding our own way. Jesus died to save us from that sin – because the result of sin is death. The consequence of that load of sin is separation from God and His goodness. The Bible says,
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things.” Isaiah 59:2-3
The result of sin is death. The result of sin is separation from God. Sin makes God hide his face from us. Sin makes our prayers ineffective. He won’t hear our prayers when we are willingly in rebellion with Him. Sin caused physical death to come into the world; sin causes alienation form God and His blessings - right now. Ultimately it will cause the ‘second death’ or second separation from God – which we know as hell. Sin, which is willful rebellion against God, is a terrible thing. Paul says,