The Apostle Paul's letter to the church of Rome, which we find in the Bible, is a wealth of information on the Christian faith. In this short, four-week series, Pastor Stephen leads us in a 10,000 ft overview of Paul's masterpiece focused on the essentials--the foundation, or "brass-tacks"--of the Christian faith.
As much as we try to ignore it or delay it, death affects us all and brings with it a deep sense of helplessness. However, Easter is a day that reminds us that there is hope, because Easter is a celebration of the One who defeated death and brings us life.
Text: John 11:11-44 (NLT)
A few notes on this passage:
- Jesus' deep anger is not directed toward those who are mourning; instead, Jesus is angry at the hopelessness his enemy, death, has caused in those he loves.
- As Jesus approached Lazarus' tomb, he was facing off against death. This is a battle between Death and the Resurrection and the Life. The best part: Jesus won!
- A short while later, Jesus would defeat death again; this time, it would be with his own death and resurrection.
Jesus' death paid the price for your sin (i.e., your rebellion/rejection against God; your wrongdoing or failure to do what's right). At the cross, he took your sin on himself. His resurrection proves that Jesus is who he claims to be, that you can trust him, and that he has defeated death itself!
When you try to find your own way through life, death is inevitable and nothing good lay beyond it.
Jesus has overcome the hopelessness of death with the hope-filled promise of eternal life.
Imagine going through life with hope for the future and assurance of great things to come, even after this body dies!
It may be tempting to drag your feet and try to squeeze out few more days living for yourself before you give yourself to Jesus and his hope for you. It's easy to put off thinking about the end, but it comes sooner than you think!
April 15, 2017, ushered in a historical milestone. On a day that most of us can't even recall, Emma Morano died in Italy at the age of 117. None of us knew her, but she was the last known person born in the 19th century. Although the 1800s were a long time ago, this quiet passing reminds us that a time comes for each generation when the last remaining person dies.
No longer how long we put it off, death comes for everyone.
Will this short life be one full of hope now and for the future? Jesus is inviting you to step out of the grave and accept his offer of life.
Place your hope in Jesus and choose to follow him.
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Last weekend was Easter weekend. On Friday, we remembered Jesus' bloody sacrifice on the cross as he paid the price for our rejection of the Creator. On Sunday, we celebrated the fact that he did not stay dead; three days after his death he rose from the grave. These are great things to remember, and these days have great significance--but what does Christ's resurrection mean for people 2,000 years removed from it? And is all we're going to do with it spending one day with brightly coloured, egg-shaped chocolate?