Summary: Because of what He did for us, we can have; Forgiveness for our sins, Eternal life, Health and Healing in our bodies, Prosperity and abundant life, Joy and every other Blessing, that only God can think of!

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The Reward of Easter!

Illus. by Andrew Chan

A Sunday School teacher asked her class on the Sunday before Easter if they knew what happened on Easter and why it was so important. One little girl spoke up saying: "Easter is when the whole family gets together, and you eat turkey and sing about the pilgrims and all that." "No, that’s not it," said the teacher.

"I know what Easter is," a second student responded. "Easter is when you get a tree and decorate it and give gifts to everybody and sing lots of songs." "Nope, that’s not it either," replied the teacher.

Finally a third student spoke up, "Easter is when Jesus was killed, and put in a tomb and left for three days." "Ah, thank goodness somebody knows" the teacher thought to herself.

But then the student went on: "Then everybody gathers at the tomb and waits to see if Jesus comes out, and if he sees his shadow he has to go back inside and we have six more weeks of winter."

Isn't that the truth? We as humans, we all have different ideas about Easter. For some it's just another family day, that families come together and eat.

For children of all ages, they look forward to getting all the goodies in their Easter basket. And for the small children of course, they look forward to finding the eggs that the Easter bunny somehow miraculously left behind.

Happy Easter! I'm not sure who coined the phrase. But the road that led to the resurrection that early Sunday morning, was not all that of a happy one. What JESUS endured for you and I, was an amazing miracle!

Isaiah 53:2-10 MSG

2-6 The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,

a scrubby plant in a parched field.

There was nothing attractive about him,

nothing to cause us to take a second look.

He was looked down on and passed over,

a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.

One look at him and people turned away.

We looked down on him, thought he was scum.

But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—

our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.

We thought he brought it on himself,

that God was punishing him for his own failures.

But it was our sins that did that to him,

that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!

He took the punishment, and that made us whole.

Through his bruises we get healed.

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.

We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.

And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,

on him, on him.

7-9 He was beaten, he was tortured,

but he didn’t say a word.

Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered

and like a sheep being sheared,

he took it all in silence.

Justice miscarried, and he was led off—

and did anyone really know what was happening?

He died without a thought for his own welfare,

beaten bloody for the sins of my people.

They buried him with the wicked,

threw him in a grave with a rich man,

Even though he’d never hurt a soul

or said one word that wasn’t true.

10 Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,

to crush him with pain.

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Freda Brock

commented on Apr 6, 2016

Pastor Charlie I thoroughly enjoyed this sermon. As I have said before, I can almost hear your voice preaching this sermon, and that's a good thing. HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! I have watched several of Jim Cymbala's teachings in our Sunday School classes. He is a favorite of mine. Another blessing from your sermon. Freda Brock

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