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     Today we’re going to share an Easter message, a message on the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, but we’re also going to look at the subject of what it means to us.

     I. Before we go on any further, I want to ask you the question, What does this Easter season mean to you?

              A. Is it a time to party because you’re off work and everyone else in the world seems to be doing something like that?

                              1. Or is it the time that you fell that you should come to church, that once a year visit.

                        2. Having a party isn’t what Easter is all about.

                                  a. Going to church isn’t what Easter is all about.

                                          b. Going to the relatives home for some good food isn’t what Easter is all about.

              B. Easter is the day that our Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, and it’s the fulfillment of God’s plan providing salvation for us.

                        1. There were many prophecies that had to be fulfilled before salvation could be provided for us.

                                          a. Starting from His birth all the way to His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

                                  b. That’s why Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”

                                           i. All of His work that He had to do was finished.

                                           ii. The resurrection and ascension would come, by the hand of God, providing salvation for all who place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

                        2. Look at ACTS 2:22-24

                                  a. The grave could not keep Him down.

                                  b. Death could not hold him.

                                           i. Jesus said in (JOH 11:25) “I am the resurrection, and the life.”

     II. On that 1st Easter morning some of the woman that loved Jesus came to the tomb.

              A. They saw that Jesus was gone, the tomb was empty and they began to weep, thinking that someone had taken Jesus’ body.

                        1. Thank God the tomb was empty, thank God that He was not there.

                                  a. The angel at the tomb said it best.

                                           i. In (Matthew 28:6) The angel said, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” (KJV)

                                           ii. And in (V 7) He said, “He is risen from the dead.” (KJV)

     III. What does this all mean to us?

              A. EPH 2:1-6 (explainconversation” and “quickened us”) Paul was talking to Christians here. Those that have made Jesus their Lord and Savior.

                        1. When Jesus was raised from the dead, we were also raised or, made alive.

                                  a. Not made alive in the natural sense, but we were made alive in the spiritual sense.

                                           i. You are alive unto God.

                                  b. Because He lives we have eternal life.

                                  c. Because He lives we can face tomorrow.

                                           i. No longer do we have to fear death or hell. Jesus has already paid the price for our sin.

                                           ii. Jesus paid the price so that we don’t have to.

                    2. (2CO 5:21) Says, “For He hath made Him {to be} sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

                                  a. Paul said it so clear in (Romans 3:22 NIV) “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference.” (NIV)

                                           i. We have been given God’s righteousness.

              B. But Jesus’s work on that cross didn’t stop there.

                        1. In (John 10:10) Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.” (KJV)

                                  a. When Jesus said “that He came to give us life,” the word “Life” in the Greek means, “absolute fullness of life, life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ.”

                                           i. Jesus said that He came to give us the fullness of life in every area and to give it more abundantly.

                                           ii. He came to give us that abundant life now and forever, for all those that place their faith and trust in Him.

                        2. Turn with me to JOHN 3:17

                                  a. The word “saved” is the Greek word “Sozo” which means, “Salivation, Safety, Soundness of mind, Healing, and to rescue.”

              C. God wants us to be an overcomer in this life, to have victory, and to triumphant.

                        1. (Romans 8:37) Says, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (KJV)

                                  a. Look at 1COR 15:57

                                           i. You don't have to be satisfied with just partial victory.

                                  b. (2 Corinthians 2:14) Says, “Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” (KJV)

                        2. God did not plan for you to be a failure.

                                  a. His plan for you is to be victorious.

                                           i. We don’t have to fail. Our failures can be turned into a success.

                                           ii. Our misery and disappointment can be turned into joy, weakness into strength.

              D. Turn to MATT 11:28-30

                        1. Jesus said, “Come unto me and I will give you rest.”

                                  a. You can have rest in Him and peace in your heart.

                              2. But there is a key to finding this rest, peace, and victory. And it’s found right here in (V 29).

                                  a. He says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me.” (KJV)

                                  b. 1st He says, “Take my yoke upon you.”

                                           i. What is Jesus’ yoke?

                                           ii. He says in (V30) “My yoke is easy.”

                                           iii. Simply it’s following Him, Seeking 1st the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then all these things will be added to you. (MATT 6:33)

                        3. Then Jesus said in (V29) “Learn of me.”

                                  a. I think that’s why a lot of people are failing.

                                           i. They’re failing to LEARN OF HIM.

                                           ii. How do you learn of Him? Through His Word.

     IV. Once you begin to learn of Him, then you are going to learn who you are in Christ.

              A. COL 2:10

                        1. This V says that you are complete in Him (In Christ).

                                  a. When are you complete in Him? When we get to heaven?

                                           i. No, right now in this life.

                        2. This is another area where people miss it.

                                  a. They look at themselves from the natural standpoint with their natural mind and natural eyes.

                                  b. So often we look at our own mistakes and shortcomings, and think that this V couldn’t be talking about us.

                                           i. But the Bible doesn’t say that we are complete in ourselves.

                                           ii. It says that we are complete IN HIM.

                                  c. When you received Jesus as Lord and Savior, you became complete in Him.

                                           i. I’m not saying that we don’t have to grow any more. We always need to grow, but we are still complete in Him.

                        3. Once you begin to see yourself in Christ, you’re going to see another truth about yourself.

                                  a. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

                                  b. (Philippians 4:13) Says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (KJV)

                                           i. Again when? (In heaven or now)

              B. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He took from the Devil the keys of Hell and death. Jesus had the victory.

                        1. When Jesus was raised from the dead, we too were raised from the dead, and the victory is ours. Right now!

SUN AM Easter 4/16/95 1st service in the new building on Cabrini. Also the same as “Easter 3 The Resurected Life”

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