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AN EASTER MESSAGE

AN EASTER MESSAGE
ON EASTER MORNING YOU SHOULD BE IN A BIBLE BELIEVING AND BIBLE PREACHING CHURCH

EASTER IS THE EPIC EVENT OF A
THREE GIFT PACKAGE
1] THE 1ST GIFT IS THE BIRTH OF THE LORD JESUS
2] THE 2ND GIFT IS THE DEATH OF JESUS
WHICH IS THE SHEDDING OF GOD’S BLOOD ON THE CROSS – ACTS 20:28
3] THE 3RD GIFT IS THE RESURRECTION ON EASTER MORNING

THE BIRTH

John chapter one verses 2 and 3
John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

God robed Himself in human flesh

AND Was born of a virgin

Philippians 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

2nd Corinthians 8:9  For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

  • JESUS set the example that we should all follow
    We should READ the gospels to find out everything we can about JESUS
    We should READ all we can about the greatest man ever to be born – the GOD – MAN – Jesus Christ

But Jesus didn’t come to set an example of godly living.

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

AND

Mat 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

THE NEXT PACKAGE IS DEATH

JESUS WAS THE SECOND ADAM
Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Death in the above verse isn’t the physical death it is a spiritual death in the since that you will be forever separated from God.  It is the death we read about in –
Revelation 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
AND
1st Corinthians 15:19  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
1Co 15:20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
1Co 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

The first ADAM was a failure

Adam chose his wife EVE over God

WHAT HAVE YOU CHOSEN OVER GOD?

  • JESUS NEVER not even once- sinned
  • JESUS always chose God over anything else
  • JESUS proved that a man can live a perfect GOD pleasing life

JESUS could do that because He was the second Adam.
—- meaning that Jesus like Adam was born without a sin nature.

The first Adam was made without a sin nature, same with Eve.

1] Adam and his wife Eve loved to be with Jesus

2] They loved to talk about Jesus

THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU Love somebody

Adam and Eve were sin free

Then Satan, (“that old serpent” – Rev 12:9), successfully tempted Eve and she sinned
THEN
Adam also sinned

EVE was tricked

BUT Adam ate of the forbidden fruit because he chose Eve over God
And so goes the Human drama, and it sure is a money making theme for Hollywood, a man sacrificing all for the love of his girl.

  • sin now separates us from God
  • What have you chosen over God?

The sin nature is passed to the next generation through the man – not the woman
Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Jesus was born without a human father
He was the second Adam –
JESUS was born without a sin nature just like Adam was

JESUS was tempted as we are –
YET JESUS never sinned –
Hebrews 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

WE are born with Adams sin nature

SIN SEPARATES

  • THAT IS WHY I COULD NEVER FEEL COMFORTABLE IN CHURCH
  • THAT IS WHY SOME OF YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN CHURCH

Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus every Lord’s Day
But EASTER is a special day when we celebrate with the whole world

I am going to die

  • No one wants to think or consider that
  • People  know death is coming but it is mostly ignored
  • How often and how long do you think about YOUR death?
  • How often and how long do you think about your life after death?

If you are not saved
you would feel about heaven
as you do about church

  • My testimony I want to tell you a little about me

I Grew up Catholic, a pope lover,
Church was a weekly event
It was a mortal sin if you didn’t go to a Catholic Church on Sunday.  And back in the fifties through the eighties I might also go to hell if I went to a protestant Church – But things change when a Church doesn’t give the Scriptures priority, so perhaps today it is just a venial sin.  you can commit as many venial sins as you want and still make heaven.

But in my teenage years – I stopped going to Church.
Then in my 30’s I started looking for a church.

ON EASTER IT was ALWAYS a STRONG feeling

I KNEW HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS FOR ME TO BE IN CHURCH

IT WAS IN MY HEAD BUT MY HEART WAS EMPTY

SIN SEPARATES

I didn’t try to go to Church every Sunday
Just when I got to thinking I should be there.
MAYBE 4 OR 5 TIMES A YEAR

Kind of like Johnny Cash’s song
Sunday Morning Coming Down
“And there ain’t nothin’ short of dyin’
As half as lonesome as the sound
Of a sleepin’ city sidewalk
And Sunday mornings coming down”

I felt uncomfortable in every church I attended

SIN SEPARATES

THEN THE GREATEST thing that ever happened to me and my family –
in the 1970’s I Moved to Frederic Michigan. [I think Jesus worked that out]

I Started attending the local Baptist Church.  Not regular just every 3rd or 4th Sunday

I did not feel comfortable –

SIN SEPERATES

My Logical thinking WAS
These were friendly folk
They were Kind
They were Not overbearing
BUT
 they were just not my kind of people

SIN SEPARATES

That scared me because I felt
–  actually I knew – that
they were going to be in heaven someday
And
that they were acceptable in God’s sight
And I knew I wasn’t

SOMETHING WAS wrong with ME

The second package is that JESUS DIED

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
SO THAT I COULD BE PART OF HIS CHURCH

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

THE CHURCH  WAS BOUGHT WITH GOD’S BLOOD

THE CHURCH IS PART OF THE EASTER PACKAGE

Do you love church?

Do you love hanging around with Christians?
You should
Heaven is just one glorified 24 hour Church service 365 days a year for ever

DOES THAT EXCITE YOU?
IF NOT WHY NOT?

THE DEATH OF JESUS WAS VICIOUS AND DEMEANING

His followers all FELL INTO A dark evil pit of horrifying depression

NOW we come to THE THIRD PACKAGE – EASTER

The Church celebrates His resurrection every Sunday
What a glorious day Easter is

The resurrection is what separates Christianity from every other religion, cult or belief. Christianity has the only living person to die and then after three lifeless days rise from that grave, appear to His friends, and even eat.
Mohammad is still dead,
every pope that claimed to be God’s spokesperson on earth died and stayed as dead as the rotted out raccoon carcass I removed from my neighbors front yard.
Zoroaster is dead and in time, you will be dead also.

The Lord Jesus lives and gives us power to love Him for another day –
1John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

1Corinthians 6:14  And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

The resurrection is the power of God –
  Philippians 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

THE RESURRECTION IS GOD’S STAMP OF APPROVAL
On EVERYTHING JESUS TAUGHT

THE GOD – MAN LIVES
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT?

SOME  ARE AS THOMAS WAS

John 20:24  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
Joh 20:25  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

MAYBE YOU HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP IN CHURCH
BUT SOMEHOW
YOU GOT THE SAME ATTITUDE AS THOMAS HAD

ON EASTER MORNING WILL YOU NOT DO THE WISE THING AND IN CHURCH SERVICE
WALK THE AISLE AND KNEEL AT THE ALTER AND SAY AS THOMAS  said

John 20:28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Joh 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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