Easter Sunday

“Two thousand years ago, in the Middle East, an event occurred that permanently changed the world. Because of that event, history was split. Every time you write a date, you’re using the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as the focal point.” – (Rick Warren)

History is divided up:

Before the resurrection of Jesus and after

It’s before and after the resurrection - Not a particular war - Or iconic leader

The condition of the world before the resurrection was:

One: Spiritually Dead

Eph. 2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins (ESV)

Col. 2:13a and you, who were dead in your trespasses…(ESV)

Spiritual death was a result of man’s fall:

We call it the “curse of the fall”

When Adam and Eve sinned

Christianity isn’t about driving by a church sign and picking a church because it’s the right thing to do:

True Christianity is a spiritual birth

A supernatural birth - Followed by supernatural transformation

Two: Under a Curse

Gal. 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— (ESV)

This is the “curse of the law”:

It was based on man’s behaviour, performance, obedience, and so on…

If man/woman broke a command the curse would come on them:

What did that include?

Mainly failure, poverty, and sickness - BASED on HOW GOOD OR BAD PEOPLE WERE

Three: Prey for the Devil

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (NLT)

People who live in spiritual darkness are not aware they are prey for the devil:

Many think God is doing it to them - We thought that growing up

Why did God let it happen? Why isn’t God doing something about it?

Four: Without God and Hope

Eph. 2:12a&c In those days you were living apart from Christ…You lived in this world without God and without hope. (NLT)

I awoke - got out of bed until I was 23 years old:

Without Jesus in my life

My purpose for living was to work, make money, pay my bills, eat, have what I thought was fun

The last 43 years and 3 months – I have awoke – got out of bed – WITH JESUS

What a difference – I live for Him – He is my purpose – I don’t mean only the work of the ministry – I mean Him

Without the Resurrection the world was:

Spiritually Dead

Under the Curse of the Law

Dominated by the Devil

Godless and Hopeless

“The resurrection completes the inauguration of God's kingdom…It is the decisive event demonstrating that God's kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven. The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it.” – (N.T. Wright)

The Birth of a New World

What the Resurrection Assures:

We have been freed from the penalty

Our sins are washed away

We become new creatures in Christ

We become the righteousness of God in Christ

We are given a heavenly seat in Christ

Death no longer has dominion over us

We will live forever in heaven

We can rule and reign in Christ

We enter into and belong to the family of God

“We are adopted into God's family through the resurrection of Christ from the dead in which he paid all our obligations to sin, the law, and the devil, in whose family we once lived. Our old status lies in his tomb. A new status is ours through his resurrection.” – (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

How is Water Baptism Related to Jesus’ Resurrection?

Water baptism is a command instituted by Jesus and the early apostles

Water baptism symbolises the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus

Water baptism is far more than a ritual or religious exercise