Summary: Easter morning celebration. Praying the Lord will use this and you have an amazing service.
The most glorious day in history
Last week we talked about Palm Sunday. The triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem. We took a hard look at those that were cheering him and how quickly they turned into a lynch mob. At the beginning of the week they were cheering and as we get to Friday, they have sentenced him to die by crucifixion.
Palm Sunday- Triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday- Last Supper/ Betrayal of Jesus
Good Friday- Jesus being sentenced and tortured and ultimately put to death on the cross of Golgotha. A week that is action packed with numerous witness accounts of Jesus last week before the cross. It is recorded in every gospel.
There is a story not long ago about a particular family who was watching a Easter story on T.V. Although the entire family had seen the movie before, one little girl was particularly moved by the movie. As Jesus was tortured and crucified, tears came streaming down her face. She remained quiet until they put Jesus body in the tomb. At that moment, she suddenly smiled and then shouted “Now comes the good part” Now comes the good part- we live on the Sunday side of the cross. Meaning Jesus Christ was crucified, He died, He was buried. That is a fact. If it would have stopped there, there would be no celebration. Another good man has died. But God resurrected Jesus Christ and that has changed everything. Most people who die tend to remain dead. The miracle that happened 2000 years ago changed my life and hopefully changed your life too.
Unless you are a medical student, you are probably not comfortable around blood. Many churches have erased any mention of Jesus crucifixion from the worship. Some won’t preach a Easter message. In Jesus day, the presence of blood was common. Before the meal was eaten, it included the slaughter of a live animal. God made the redemption system so that even small children understood the connection between blood and freedom from sin. According to the law, God’s holiness was satisfied by the unblemished animal’s blood atoning for a person’s sin. What Jesus did was a once and for all blood sacrifice.
Many of you know that I am a gigantic Billy Graham fan. Not because of his eloquent preaching, because he was not eloquent. It is because he takes God’s truth and makes it simple to understand. When God established a plan for rescuing sinful humanity, he chose to do so in a way so startling and unexpected that even the devil helped Jesus get to the cross. Because Satan thought the death of Jesus was the end, mankind would die in their sins and be hopelessly lost for eternity. The plan unfolded as almighty God sent His Son to earth on a mission to die “Give his life as a ransom for many” the Bible says. That He would die on a cross in punishment for our sins so that we might be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life. To many- that sounds like foolishness. Nonsense. Bible says “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (I Cor. 1:18) Except through the eyes of faith- it seems like foolishness. I pray that the Holy Spirit would flow freely this morning, so that He would minister to our hearts and our needs and answer some questions this morning. Jesus did some amazing things while He was on this earth.