EASTER IS SIMPLY A CELEBRATION OF DEAD PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME ALIVE IN CHRIST.
Eph 2:4-6 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
THE BEST WAY TO ACTIVATE THE RESURRECTION LIFE IS TO BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US EVERY DAY.
4 MAIN THINGS THAT WE SHOULD DO EVERY DAY IN OUR PRIVATE TIME…
- REMEMBER HIS BIRTH.
THE SON WAS ETERNALLY WITH THE FATHER (John 1:1)
Isaiah 6 “A SON WAS GIVEN”
MARY GAVE BIRTH TO JESUS IN A MANGER IN BETHLEHEM, SURROUNDED BY POVERTY AND ANIMALS.
Phil 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
- REMEMBER HIS LIFE.
HE WENT THROUGH CHILDHOOD, ADOLESCENCE, AND ADULTHOOD AS A SINGLE MAN. THROUGH IT ALL, HE NEVER ONCE YIELDED TO THE TEMPTATIONS WE ALL FACE EVERY DAY.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
HE WAS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PASSOVER LAMB SPOTLESS AND WITHOUT BLEMISH.
- REMEMBER HIS MINISTRY.
AT 30, HE SURRENDERED TO THE CALL AND PURPOSE FOR WHICH HE CAME: TO SERVE HUMANITY AND GIVE HIS LIFE FOR THEM.
THE NEXT THREE YEARS, HE “WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD AND HEALING ALL WHO WERE OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL.”
Acts 10:38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
TENS OF THOUSANDS WERE HEALED, DELIVERED FROM DEMONS, RAISED FROM THE DEAD, AND FED FROM A SMALL BOY’S LUNCH.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself *would not contain the books that *would be written.
4. REMEMBER HIS DEATH.
AS HIS MINISTRY WAS COMING TO A CLIMAX, HIS MISSION WAS RADICAL. HE HAD COME TO DIE.
IN SIX AGONIZING HOURS HE HAD PAID FOR MY ENTIRE SIN DEBT … AS WELL AS ALL SIN OF ALLPEOPLE FOR ALL TIME.
THEN, THERE WAS EASTER. HE ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY
HE ASCENDED TO HEAVEN AND SAT DOWN AGAIN AT HIS FATHER’S GLORIOUS SIDE.
THE GOOD NEWS OF EASTER IS; IN GOD’S MIND, I DID ALL OF THAT WITH HIM.