Sunday, March 31, 2013

He is Risen!

Luke 24:1-6a  Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:  And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen:

He is not here, He is RISEN!  Praise the Lord for this sacrifice that was made for you and for me.  I look around at my children and how much I love them.  I would not want to sacrifice one of them for the life of anyone else Or even for the lives of many.  I love them too much.  So much.  But God did that very thing for us.  For you and for me.

Every year around this time I go thru a study with my children.  So they understand from the beginning what this day so many celebrate is all about.  The significance of it all from beginning to end and to show who Jesus truly was.

Very briefly this is what we talk about:

That how in the beginning, God wanted us to be here in a perfect world to commune with Him.  Of our own free will.  When Adam and Eve sinned how they then knew and had the knowledge that they were naked.  They saw sin and felt lust and had the knowledge of good and evil.  They saw their nakedness and because of their sin the first sacrifice happened.  God put Adam and Eve on the earth with the job of tending the garden of Eden and caring for the animals.  Adam named them all.  And how do you think Adam and Eve felt as God brought to them animal skins, from one of their animals, to cover their nakedness for the sin that they did.  They saw the skins and knew the animal they named and had died so their nakedness might be covered.  And I know the bible doesn’t state what animal skins God brought to them.  But I bet it was a lamb.  They must have been so sorry that their friend, whatever animal it was, died to cover their sin their nakedness. 

So the time of sacrifices began.  To cover sins.  But with a promise that someday a Messiah would come to redeem us all for all time.  To not just cover sins but take away the sins of the world.  His sacrifice would remove sin as far as the east is from the west, as if our sins had never occurred.  It would free us from sin and death!  That His sacrifice would let us be reunited with God forever back to the way it was supposed to be before sin entered the world.  Oh, how people looked forward to the Messiah coming.   
As time went on God gave people laws and rules as to how the sacrifices were to take place and when to occur. 

When the children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt, Pharaoh would  not let them leave.   God sent plague upon plague to show His might but he hardened Pharaohs’ heart.  Then the last plague that was to come was to be death of the first born of man and beast throughout the whole land.  He gave the Israelites strict instructions, to kill a perfect young lamb, and to put the blood on the door posts and not to leave the house.   As the death angel went over the whole land it passed over the homes with the blood of the lamb on the door post.  And the children of Israel were released from bondage that day and set free.  Pharaoh let them go.

Jesus was more than a man.  He was the son of God.  He was the one time sacrifice.  The Messiah.   The Passover lamb.   The Lamb of God which took away the sins of the world.

He was born of a virgin thru a miraculous conception.  Lived a perfect sinless life.  Amazed the priests in the temple when he was 12 with his knowledge and understanding of the scriptures.   Jesus was questioned by the scribes and Pharisees over and over in Jesus ministry that was three years from start to finish.  Just as the lamb for Passover must be examined for three days to make sure it is perfect before sacrificing it.  The Levite priest led the Passover lamb into the city. Just as Jesus cousin, John the Baptist, of the lineage of the Levites, came first announcing Christ’s coming. Prepare ye the way and make your paths straight for him! 

Then Jesus triumphal entry! That many celebrate on Palm Sunday.  Jesus was examined by Pilate and Pilate said, I find no fault in him.  The innocent Passover lamb has to be examined and declared that they find no fault in them. 

We could go on and on showing that Jesus was the son of God that took away the sins of the world.  He was innocent of any wrong doing and was mocked, beat, stood at the whipping post, crucified and hung on that cross.  He could have walked away at any  moment from it all. But had you and me on His mind.  He did it for us. 

He died for us.  Was buried.  And is alive and risen.  All for us.

That when the death angel comes it will see His shed blood on us.  Saved.  Redeemed.  To spend eternity with God.

Praise God for this wonderful loving God that we serve.  That He provided a way for us all to be saved. 

Jesus is Alive!  It is finished!  He is Risen!          

May the One True and Only God, maker of heaven and earth and all that is therein, bless you abundantly today, on this Resurrection Sunday!

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