Easter 2017 - The First Easter
April 16, 2017 Pastor: Ryan Rice
Scripture: Luke 24:1–24:12
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me with live, even though they die.” John 11:25
Jesus Christ claimed to not just know the way of salvation, but to be the way of salvation. These teachings led Him to the cross. He is one of the most loved and hated people in the world. The disciples were a band of misfits whom Jesus mentored. Just days earlier they had their leader and teacher crucified. They believed in him, but amid this tragedy they struggled to understand the empty tomb. Did someone steal the body? Could he have been buried alive? Could it be possible that Jesus actually rose from the dead?
Crucifixion was perhaps the most heinous death imaginable and Jesus delivered himself willing to it. He served as a sacrifice for our sins so that He might rise in triumph over death. Jesus brought forgiveness when He took our sins on the cross. He became a substitute for us by taking on the sins of the world.
God sent His angels to bring the news of the resurrection. They reminded the women who came to tend Jesus body that He told them He would be crucified and rise again. They brought this message back to the disciples. They finally understand the culmination of Jesus teachings and promises.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
If you were to die today would you be certain you would go to heaven? You can have this assurance that if you place your faith in Him, you will be saved.