Summary: Easter Message, 2007.
Three Strkes and You’re OUT!
Did you know that without certain events in Christianity, without certain events in the life of Jesus, there is no such thing as Christianity?
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.
Without Jesus being born through a virgin, then there is no way He could be without sin, and He would not have fulfilled the prophecy spoken in Isaiah. The sin that was passed down from the first Adam would have been on Him and He could not have redeemed the world of sin.
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
Without Jesus being born in Bethlehem, then either the prophecy is wrong or Jesus would not have been the Messiah.
Without Jesus going to the cross there would have been no shedding of blood and there would have been no death, both of which are needed to remove the curse of sin from man.
From Palm Sunday until resurrection Sunday, the entire week focuses on virtually all the prophecies, truths, and doctrines, all the reasons, we are who we are as believers in Jesus Christ. Yet, like Peter, when asked by the servant girl standing outside the building when Jesus was on trial, many of us, whether it be by our actions, words, or deeds, are tempting that rooster to crow over us. What was Peter asked? What was asked of Peter, the very man who said he would rather die than let something happen to Jesus?
John 18:17 "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, "I am not."
25 As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying, "I am not." 26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, "Didn’t I see you with him in the olive grove?" 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-12
1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.