On Friday, we looked at the sufferings of Jesus. When we watch a movie, if the good guy gets beaten up, I get angry. On Good Friday, the most innocent person was beaten, spat upon, whipped. He suffered an excruciating death.
Jesus suffered physical agony, emotional trauma and spiritual separation from the Father
Was Jesus a victim? No, he was the Victor!
John 10:8 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
When we look at the crucifixion, all the players were part of the Cross's plan. He said, "It is finished!" Not I am finished. He was in control of His life. He gave up his spirit. Jesus needed to suffer for you and me. Why? For the joy set before him.
Jesus is taken down from the Cross in a hurry and placed in the tomb. There was no time to embalm him.
Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb.
What is resurrection – Jesus was raised to life again in a new body, never to die again. Jesus raised many to life, but it was not a resurrection. They all died at some point.
The greatest enemy of man, death, was conquered that day.
Look at the devotion of Mary Magdalene. While it was still dark, just at sunrise, she went to the tomb because she wanted to embalm her body. Her devotion was rewarded. She saw two angels in the tomb who gives her the good news, and as she comes out, she meets Jesus Himself, and He talks to her.
The stone over the tomb was huge. The angle was sitting on it. Imagine how big the angle was. The guards fell as though dead.
Do you know who was expecting a resurrection? The Chief priests and Elders
Matt 27:62 - They secured the tomb.
1Cor 15 – the resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith. So believing in this is very important.
3 THINGS ABOUT THE RESURRECTION
John 20: Go to the other disciples and tell Peter. Imagine Jesus singles him out. What amazing grace, forgiveness and love?
V19- the disciples were in, the doors were locked, and they were fearful of the Jews
Jesus comes through the walls, and he shows his side and hands. And Jesus says peace be with you.
Peace is peace between God and us. We were enemies of God before we know Jesus. Rom 8:7,- the mind that does not know God is hostile to God
Rom5:10 – if when we were God's enemies.
The Cross reconciled us to His son
Col 1:21, we were enemies in your mind because of your evil behaviour.
Now we are reconciled, and we are a part of His family, and we are his friends, and He calls us His sons
Now we can have peace bet us and others in Christ. Gal 3:28 – we are all one in Christ. God has broken the dividing wall of hostility.
We need to preserve that peace and love. No matter where we meet Christian s we become family because we have one Father.
There is peace with ourselves as well. Jesus gives us peace that the world cannot give. Heb9:14 – How much more ….cleanse our conscience. The power of the Cross is that God can cleanse us of any sins. We can rely on the work of the Cross, and the penalty of sin is taken away, Not to sin but to serve the living God.
This peace is received by receiving God. John 1
As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. We are saved for a purpose. Between our conversion and heaven, there is a purpose fr our living. We are being sent just like Jesus was sent. – to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.
Our purpose is to serve the body and to share the good news. In our busyness, we need to make time for our primary purpose. Let us not lose sight of this.
Jesus gave us peace, purpose and power. He gave them the Holy Spirit. John20:22
Acts 1:4 wait for the gift my Father promised. V8 You will receive power when the Hole Spier come s on you to be my witnesses to the end s of the earth.
IF you forgive, they will be forgiven; if you don't forgive, they will not be forgiven. I.e. when we preach the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, it is Jesus speaking through us, and if anyone does not receive our words, they miss out on the forgiveness that He has to offer and vice versa.
Jesus suffered died on the Cross not as a victim but as a Victor. He rose again from the dead, and what happened to him will happen to us. This is what Easter is about.