Scripture: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17)
Jesus paid the highest price for you and me because He loves us more than we could ever imagine.He was put to death by being crucified on a cross, and his body was laid in a tomb behind a stone. He lived and then died rejected and alone. Like a rose He was trampled on the ground. Jesus took the fall and thought of you ABOVE ALL !
Repentance is not just saying,"I'm sorry." It's turning away fromthe sin that separated us from God; reaching out, instead, to receive God's forgiveness and the new life he offers. Repentance is necessary for salvation (Acts 3:19). We must agree with God about our sin and turn toward him. We do not need to be perfectbefore we come to God, and we will still sin while we’re in this human body. But too often we shrug off our sins by saying, "Well,God's forgiven me, so I'm okay." That is not repentance. Repentance puts action to our words. True repentance means letting the forgiveness you’ve experienced change your life.
Throughout history, God has beenmerciful and forgiving to those who repent of their sin. But that doesn't mean forgiveness is automatic. Because the penalty for sin is death, God’s law says there can be no forgiveness without the sacrifice of a life. Jesus death paid the ultimate price, and now our sins are wiped out, gone forever. It is true that we will still sin in this life, but God continues to forgive us whenwe come to him (1 John 1:9)
Some people call for God to save them only when they are desperate and in immediate danger. In the Old Testament, when God's people called out to him for salvation, they were looking for deliverance from their enemies. We may not have an army on our door step, but we’re all in immediate danger from the effects and consequences of sin. We can’t save ourselves from this— we need a rescue operation. Thankfully, God executed the rescue operation for salvation. He sent his Son to save the world by paying the penalty for sin and bringing us back to God (John 3:16-17). Our salvation is the accomplishment of the Crucifixion and Resurrection—thebeautiful fruit of Easter.
The resurrection is evidence of God's satisfaction with the Son's sacrifice on humanity's behalf (1 Peter 1:3-5). The Holy Spirit brought Christ to life again. That same Holy Spirit dwells within believers; therefore, Christians cantrust that we, too, will rise to eternal life after we experience physical death. All of these truths are celebrated in words of joy that ring out each Easter in many different languages: "The Lord is Risen! He is risen indeed!"
Jesus paid the penalty for the sinsof all humankind on the cross. Buried in a borrowed tomb, he rose again three days later as proof that his mission to conquer sin and death had been accomplished. Jesus appeared to his disciples and then returned to heaven 40 days later with the promise that he would return again someday. Jesus' words and life show us how to live life, but his message was that humanity should respond to God's love. Jesus claimed to be much more than a wise man or great teacher.He claimed to be God—a God willing to die for his creation so that their love relationship could be restored (Romans 5:10). Through his birth, life, death, and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled the hundreds of prophecies in the OldTestament that foretold of a coming Messiah, a Savior not only for the nation of Israel, but for thewhole world (1 Timothy 4:10). How will you respond to Jesus’ lifeand love?
The point and the pinnacle of Easter celebration is the worship of Jesus Christ, the one who declared, "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades" (Revelation 1:17-18).
Will you pray this week :
•Jesus we thank you for dying onthe cross and facing rejection for our sins
•We pray that you would give us a grateful heart that we are savedby you.
•We would be attentive and obedient to your word.
• For all the seekers who are finding their way back to Jesus
•That we would be cleansed fromall our sins
•That Jesus would speak to our heart and help you understand His will in your life.
Thanks for devoting your time to read this message, God bless you real good.