This is why I am sending my Spirit, and this is why I am empowering you, and this is why I rose from the dead. I am going to bring my Father’s glory to the ends of this earth as the prophets said: “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
We have been born again to a living hope. The resurrection of Jesus points away from the corruption in this world and away from the dead-end roads on which so many walk, to a new life, a new way of living, and a new inheritance that will never perish.
What could John have felt as he went from the heights of worship, to the depth of disappointment, back to the mountaintops of praise all in a matter of moments? Whatever it was, we will feel it and experience it, too!
Jesus is not some mystical teacher with timeless truths about a faraway placesome call Heaven and others Nirvana. Jesus is the one who came within history to fulfill a storythat had been taking place on this earth for thousands of years.
That is why we can have such confidence, and why Easter should be something that lasts year-round for Jesus did not rise and then die again, but He rose to an immortal life, and He lives today to bring grace and blessing to the world.
Let us shout this truth in the halls of every church and from our rooftops for the world to hear, what Jesus did on the cross was sufficient to destroy the barrier that kept mankind separated from God’s love and eternal purpose, and His resurrection proves it.
God raised Jesus from the dead and vindicated Him. Resurrection vision sees that the path He took and the way He lived was the correct path. Thus, while the word of the cross is weakness to many, it is, in reality, power.
In Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. In other words, we see what a human really is. We see someone who perfectly reflects the image of God. We see love in all its purity. We see compassion in all its mercy. We see justice and righteousness for the hurting and poor, and we see commitment to God’s glory.
It is not just that a great prophet died. Jesus was the one many believed to be the promised Messiah. Yet they murdered him! Was there no end to the injustices and the suffering of the world? But He died, and God remained silent. Until the third day!
Jesus is on his way to heal a little girl who is at the point of death. But the crowds will hardly let him move. They claw at Jesus and grab him, trying to tap into his power, but only one receives it – a woman who is impure before God and man.
If God is a loving, all powerful God, why does he allow evil and suffering to exist?
Some have said the God of the New Testament is a God of love and peace. I’ll follow that God and I won’t follow the God of the Old Testament who is mean and wicked. Many have tried that. But it won’t work. Let’s find out why today.
The case for faith is indeed strong. The evidence is overwhelming in favor of the existence of God, of the reliability of the Bible, and of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let’s learn some final lessons on this today.
Jesus is teaching in the Temple when the religious leaders bring a woman to him. They have caught her in the act of adultery! The Law demands that she be put to death for her sin. If he forgives her, he is not following the Law. If he condemns her, he is compromising his message. What will Jesus do?