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This Changes Everything

April 1, 2018 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: Hope for EveryONE

Topic: Holiday Messages Verse: Luke 24:1–24:8, Luke 23:11–23:12, John 10:10, Romans 10:9, 2 Corinthians 5:17

This Changes Everything

A four week Easter series celebrating the HOPE Jesus Christ can bring to everyONE.

HOPE for every ONE

“HOPE for everyONE” is a four-week Easter series where we're looking at stories from the Bible about Jesus, where the HOPE He brings for “the ONE”--the man, the woman, the person who’s just like us.

Luke 24:1-8 NIV

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.

Fighting for the Status Quo

The miracle of Easter was anything but a given for those who were living through this story in real time. 2,000 years ago, Jesus of Nazareth (the carpenter’s son, the itinerant teacher, the miracle worker) was unjustly convicted of crimes He didn’t commit. They sentenced Him to death and nailed Him to a Cross, crucified by the Romans like a death-row criminal. He lasted just six hours on that Cross until His life gave away, whereby His listless corpse was taken down from the Cross, wrapped in burial linens, and laid in a cave-like tomb—all taking place before the sunset on that gloomy Friday.

Why did it happen? Why was an innocent man beloved by so many put to death like that? As popular as Jesus was, He rubbed certain people the wrong way. They viewed Jesus and His Gospel of hope as threats to the establishment. Leaders like King Herod, Governor Pontius Pilate, and the High Priest Caiaphas all had something to lose--their wealth, their power, their prestige. So while they couldn’t stand each other, they were willing to set aside their hatred long enough to find some common ground to oppose Jesus and the threat He represented.

Luke 23:11-12 NIV

11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

This Changes Everything

After the crucifixion, it looked like the old order would remain entrenched forever. But three days later, women who had followed Jesus for three years--women who believed His words that things could be different--came to the tomb only to find it empty. Upon their surprise, two angelic beings announced to them the greatest news ever: “He is not here. He is risen!”

Because of the resurrection, everything changed. The old order of Herod, and Pilate, and Caiaphas (one that valued wealth, power, and prestige) had been overthrown and a new order had come to pass. It’s a new order filled with the Good News of Jesus’ life, and love, and hope, and peace, and freedom, and forgiveness, and everything else that He came to bring us with His Kingdom. The message of Easter is clear: This changes everything!

John 10:10 NIV

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Capital L LIFE

The first-century Greek language had two different terms for our English word "life". One was "bios"-- our physical or biological existence where our heart is pumping, our blood is flowing, and our brain is working. But in John 10:10, Jesus talks of another kind of life--"zoe" life, which speaks to matters of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.

Here's the message of HOPE that Easter brings: Jesus gave up His “bios” life for us, so that we could know and experience true, deep, lasting “zoe” LIFE—life to the full. It's abundant life, forgiven life, and eternal life. That’s why Jesus came. That’s why Jesus died. That’s why Jesus rose again for you, so that you would have life and have it to the full.

Romans 10:9 NIV

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Responding to LIFE

Jesus invites us to take some kind of step toward Him this Easter. For some of us, it's a personal commitment of faith where we believe in Jesus not just as A Savior, or even just THE Savior, but as MY Savior. For others of us, it's reaching out to God in prayer, talking to a friend, coming back to church again another Sunday, or any other step that leads us toward capital L LIFE and the HOPE He has for everyONE.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

"Who You Say I Am" (lyrics to closing song)

Who am I that the highest King Would welcome me
I was lost but He brought me in Oh His love for me

Who the Son sets free Oh is free indeed
I'm a child of God Yes I am

Free at last He has ransomed me
His grace runs deep While I was a slave to sin
Jesus died for me Yes He died for me

In my Father's house There's a place for me
I'm a child of God Yes I am

I am chosen not forsaken I am who You say I am
You are for me not against me I am who You say I am

I am who You say I am

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