Easter Sunday April 17, 2022
Romans 8:11 – “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”
You don’t have to just celebrate Easter, you can experience Easter!
He will give life to your dead things! It’s not just a celebration! God intends to come into the dead things of your life and give life to them.
You don’t just celebrate Easter you experience Easter!
The Resurrection of Jesus gives you the power to close the gap between the life you are living and the life you could live!
Some of you are haunted by the thought “I know my life is not supposed to look like this!”
You’ve tried to change it but you can’t without God’s power. The same power that raised Christ from the dead!
Easter is available to close the gap! On the 3rd Day Jesus was resurrected from the grave and He is alive!
But why 3 days?
1 Peter 2:21 (MSG)- “This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.”
WHY 3 DAYS- Because life is a journey. And even in the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ we see a journey. Step by step! THE FIRST DAY!
1. Friday- The Day of Pain (Warring)
Jesus experienced the day of pain so He could help you through your day of pain!
The truth is some of you are in pain! You’re in a war!
TYPES OF PAIN:
Physical pain. It gets into your spirt and soul. Jesus gets it. He understands your pain.
Emotional Pain: He was despised rejected betrayed and a man of sorrows. Falsely accused. Many suffer with depression and anxiety!
Relational Pain: We are the bride of Christ and He is the groom and HE knows what it is to be cheated on. Jesus had a crazy family. We all have that one crazy person in our family! If you don’t know, YOU’RE THE ONE!
Friday- the day of Pain! But here’s one of my favorite verses in the Bible.
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
All your pain! God knows how to take your pain and give purpose to it!
There is no pain God’s purpose cannot redeem!
If you’re in a Friday of life you need to know that!
2. Saturday- The Day of Confusion (Waiting)
Nobody was saying “one more day.” They were confused and waiting.
Saturday’s tell us that God’s delays are not His denial but until Sunday comes we’re confused and having to wait.
WHEN WE’RE CONFUSED:
We want answers. “Why do I have to go through this?”
We begin to doubt. Some of you have been in church so long you don’t believe it’s real anymore. You’re stuck in the “Saturday” of your life! You’re doubting hasn’t helped you out one bit and you’re still stuck!
We give up. Peter decided to quit the ministry and go back fishing!
We feel alone. We feel abandoned. We have people everywhere but still feel alone.
HOW DO YOU GET OUT OF THIS SATURDAY CONFUSION
Get close, close to God in Worship!
Psalm 34:4-6 – “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.”
AND WHEN YOU GET CLOSE TO GOD IN YOUR SATURDAY’S
Psalm 34:8- “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
THERE IS NO CONFUSION GOD’S PRESENCE CANNOT CALM. THERE IS NO PAIN GOD’S PURPOSE CANNOT REDEEM!
3. Sunday- The Day of Resurrection (Winning)
Sunday is available to you.
It may be Friday or it may be Saturday but Sunday is coming!
You’re one sunrise away from everything changing!
SO HOW DO I GET TO THIS DAY? IT’S FOUND IN ONE WORD.
JESUS! He is the Overcomer!
The person who can take your dead areas of life and resurrect them is JESUS!
HE DOESN’T OFFER RESURRECTION, HE IS THE RESURRECTION!
John 11:25,26 – “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
You don’t have to stay in the Friday and Saturday’s of life. IT’S NOT OVER YET!
There is no pain God’s purpose cannot redeem. There is not confusion God’s presence cannot calm and There is no death His power cannot resurrect!
Philippians 3:10-11 – “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”
There’s only one person who can help you, JESUS!
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today?