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The Resurrection is for You

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We are personally accountable to God

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The Resurrection is for You

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Luke 24:8 KJV 1900
8 And they remembered his words,
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most powerful beliefs in Christianity?  What are some of the most important verses about Easter?
The greatest thing about going to the tomb of Jesus was that it was found empty.  He had been resurrected and was not there.  The empty tomb is one of the most powerful evidences of the resurrection that there is. 
Death is hard because we are inherently circle people. It’s in our nature to see things in terms of forever. Unless it involves something unpleasant like cleaning toilets or getting a cavity filled, we don’t like endings. That’s why death’s stark ending hurts our souls and breaks our hearts.
But this message is not about the other guy.
It not about you wife,husband, or children
It’s about you
This message the spotlit is on you
What will you do as resultant of the Resurrection story?
No one else is in the room but you and God!
Illustration - in a pipe inspecting joints realized after a few minutes i was all by myself and there was no one to help me if i was in trouble. it was just me.
For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Romans 14:11–12 KJV 1900
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
The stark reality of Scripture is that every person, Christian and non-Christian, is accountable before a sovereign God (see ) and will one day have to bow before Christ
Romans 3:9–19 KJV 1900
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
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The stark reality of Scripture is that every person, Christian and non-Christian, is accountable before a sovereign God (see ) and will one day have to bow before Christ (). Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked” (). Many reject this declaration of Scripture by all manner of human rationalizations and bias, but their rejection cannot alter the reality of accountability.
So this morning lets shed the light on you and your response to the resurrection!
The Resurrection is about

I My Fallen Nature

Romans 5:12 KJV 1900
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:
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Psalm 51:5 KJV 1900
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me.
The bible teaches that we have all sinned and whither we believe it or not are accountable to God for this sin.
The sin nature is that aspect in man that makes him rebellious against God. When we speak of the sin nature, we refer to the fact that we have a natural inclination to sin; given the choice to do God’s will or our own, we will naturally choose to do our own thing.
Proof of the sin nature abounds. No one has to teach a child to lie or be selfish; rather, we go to great lengths to teach children to tell the truth and put others first. Sinful behavior comes naturally.
The news is filled with tragic examples of mankind acting badly. Wherever people are, there is trouble. Charles Spurgeon said, “As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived.”
The Bible explains the reason for the trouble. Humanity is sinful, not just in theory or in practice but by nature.
Sin is part of the very fiber of our being. The Bible speaks of “sinful flesh” in . It’s our “earthly nature” that produces the list of sins in .
And speaks of “the body ruled by sin.” The flesh-and-blood existence we lead on this earth is shaped by our sinful, corrupt nature.
The sin nature is universal in humanity. All of us have a sinful nature, and it affects every part of us. This is the doctrine of total depravity, and it is biblical. All of us have gone astray ().
Isaiah 53:6 KJV 1900
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one to his own way; And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
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Paul admits that “the trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin” (). Paul was in his “sinful nature a slave to the law of sin” ().
Paul admits that “the trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin” (). Paul was in his “sinful nature a slave to the law of sin” ().
Solomon concurs: “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, / no one who does what is right and never sins” ().
Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV 1900
20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
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The apostle John perhaps puts it most bluntly: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” ().
1 John 1:8 KJV 1900
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
So what do you think about your fallen nature?
If you don’t believe any of this and what the bible says the rest of the message is not for you
Now lets look at what my sin does ....
The Resurrection is about

II My Sinful Behavior

Romans 6:23 KJV 1900
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sin brings death and destruction
sin is defined
my sinful behavior as a result of my sin nature brings death and destruction.
Romans 3:20 KJV 1900
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
God hates sin because it is the very antithesis of His nature.
Psalm 5:4 KJV 1900
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: Neither shall evil dwell with thee.
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God hates sin because He is holy; holiness is the most exalted of all His attributes (; ).
Isaiah 6:3 KJV 1900
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: The whole earth is full of his glory.
The psalmist describes God’s hatred of sin this way: “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You” (). God hates sin because He is holy; holiness is the most exalted of all His attributes (; ). His holiness totally saturates His being. His holiness epitomizes His moral perfection and His absolute freedom from blemish of any kind (; ; ).
His holiness totally saturates His being. His holiness epitomizes His moral perfection and His absolute freedom from blemish of any kind (; ; ).
God hates sin because it is the very antithesis of His nature. The psalmist describes God’s hatred of sin this way: “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You” (). God hates sin because He is holy; holiness is the most exalted of all His attributes (; ). His holiness totally saturates His being. His holiness epitomizes His moral perfection and His absolute freedom from blemish of any kind (; ; ).
His holiness totally saturates His being. His holiness epitomizes His moral perfection and His absolute freedom from blemish of any kind (; ; ).
The Bible presents God’s attitude toward sin with strong feelings of hostility, disgust, and utter dislike.
For example, sin is described as putrefying sores (, NKJV), a heavy burden (), defiling filth (; ), a binding debt (), darkness () and a scarlet stain ().
our sins separates us from God
illustration - separation from Trisha
Ocean City NJ - 1991
Got separated from Trisha ; we were worried frightened and panicked
we were looking for her and ran as we found her ..... almost crying and weeping
We are separated from God because of our sin .... God is looking for us and and wants us with Him.
The Resurrection is about

III My Forgiveness

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Luke 24:46–47 KJV 1900
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
1 John 1:9 KJV 1900
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 10:13 KJV 1900
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
romas 6.23
Romans 5:17 KJV 1900
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Scripture is very clear that only God can do this, that only God, the One who is the judge and the lawgiver, and the executioner, God who is the One offended is the only One who can forgive.
And He does and He will and He delights to and He has and He will continue to do so.
My forgiveness is secured in the fact that Jesus rose from the dead:
My sin is what put Him there
My sin is what he died for
My sin is guaranteed to be forgiven because he did what he said and rose again.
1 John 2:2 KJV 1900
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
propitiation - to appease God......
1 John 2:1–2 KJV 1900
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
illustration on one can appease the fine ..... Gd before the judge
There’’s a story about a judge whose own son was brought before her for a crime he had committed. The judge felt a deep grief that her son would violate the laws upon which she based her entire life. Tears welled in her eyes and she listened painfully as the evidence against her son was presented. The courtroom sat in silence wondering how the judge would rule. Would she just give him a reprimand in an act of mercy? Would she give him the minimum penalty for the offense? Much to their surprise, she handed down the maximum fine, upholding the law to its fullest degree. The son was in shock, for he knew that he couldn’’t pay the fine and was anguished at the thought of imprisonment. He looked up at her in disbelief.
But then something happened that nobody expected. She stepped down from the bench, took off her judge’’s robe, told her son how much she loved him and then paid, out of her own pocket, the fine she had just handed down.  Not everyone understood what she had done. As a judge, she showed her commitment to honor the law to its fullest, but she then stepped down from that seat of honor and showed her love for her child. Her son never understood the depth of his mother’s commitment to the law until that moment, and, until that moment, he never knew the depth of his mother’s love for him. He felt deep sorrow for the pain he had caused her and for those he had hurt by his act of crime. With his head bowed, and his tears flowing freely, he asked for her forgiveness, which she willingly and freely gave to him.
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This story is actually an allegory for God’’s relationship to us. Our crimes are our willful departure from the laws given us by God for the way we are to live. When we break those laws, God is grieved and pained. Inevitably there are natural consequences of our failings that hurt others, sometimes affecting lives for generations to come. This is why God’s laws say that the penalty for sin is death. His holy nature demands that He not just let us off the hook or go easy on us. So what did He do? He came down from heaven to us in Jesus Christ to help us to understand His laws, to show us the depth of His love for us and to pay the price of our sin with His own life. This never made sense to me until I understood how I fell short of God’s standards for life and how deeply that had hurt those who depended on me the most. But once I knew the love and forgiveness of God, I turned away in disgust from my deepest sins and understood, in a way I never had before, how to love and forgive others.

IV My Future

Matthew 7:13–14 KJV 1900
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
1 Thessalonians 4:8 KJV 1900
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
Matthew 7:22–23 KJV 1900
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
John 12:48–50 KJV 1900
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
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failure to accept jesus Christ as forgiveness for your sins
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Revelation 20:11–15 KJV 1900
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
What Am I asking you to Know?
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Everyone will be judged for their sin. Some will be forgiven some will spend
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