“What Difference Does Easter Make?”, 4/12/2020

What Difference Does Easter Make?
 
I. What Does Easter Mean?
 
A. Jesus Is Who He Claimed To Be
 
“I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me will live, even
though he dies.” John 11:25
 
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can get to God the Father
except by means of me.” John 14:6 (LB)
 
B. Jesus Has The Power He Claimed To Have
 
“All power in heaven and on earth is given to me.” Matt. 28:18 (Ph)
 
“No one takes my life from me. I have the power to lay it down and I have
the power to take it up again.” John 10:18 (Ph)
 
C. Jesus Does What He Promises To Do
 
“They will mock… and flog… and kill me; but after three days I will come
back to life again.” Mark 10:34 (LB)
 
The angel said, `Don’t be frightened! I know you are looking for Jesus who
was crucified, but he isn’t here! He has come back to life again, just as he
said he would.” Matthew 28:5-6 (LB)
 
 
II. Why Does Easter Matter?
 
A. Our Past Can Be Forgiven
 
“He has forgiven all our sins… and canceled every record of the debt we owed;
Christ has done away with it by nailing it to the cross.” Col. 3:14 (JB)
 
“There is no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ.” Rom. 8:1 (LB)
 
B. Our Present Problems Can Be Managed
 
“How incredibly great is God’s power to help those who believe…the same mighty
power that raised Christ from the dead!” Eph. 1:20 (LB)
 
“I am ready for anything through the strength of Christ who lives is me.”
Phil.4:13 (Ph)
 
C. Our Future Can Be Secured
 
“This is the way to have eternal life – by knowing the only true God and Jesus
Christ, the one [God] sent to earth!” John 17:3 (LB)
 
“We have been born again into a life full of hope through Christ’s rising from the
dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

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