April 16: Empty Tomb
The cross and the empty tomb bring hope and healing to our lives.
Our sin is disgraceful. Everything that happened to Jesus—who humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross—that all should have happened to us. Yet, because of Jesus willing, humble obedience, we are honored in God’s eyes.
Jesus Experienced Sorrow Sin brings so much grief into our lives. The most powerful example is death which steals our loves ones from us. Jesus was moved to tears on more than one occasion as he witnessed and experienced the sorrow that sin brings to our lives. Scriptures: Matthew 27:32-44 Sermon Text: John 11:17-27, 38-45
Our sins lead us to seek admiration and comfort. What we deserve is God’s temporal and eternal punishment. Jesus drank the cup of suffering for us. Sermon Text: Matthew 20:17-28
A Body of Death Because of sin we carry around what Paul calls “a body of death.” Our bodies are cursed with struggles like pain, disease, and addiction. Jesus endured the pain of flogging, beating, and the cross so that we could be rescued from pain and sickness forever. Scriptures: Matthew 26:47-68 Sermon Text: John 9:1-7;…
Jesus is able to share a message of grace with a woman whose life is oppressive as a result of the consequences of sin because he carried the guilt of that very sin, the guilt of all sin, to the cross. Scriptures: Matthew 26:31-46 Sermon Text: John 4:5-26
Jesus faced real temptations just as we do. Yet, as the perfect Son of God, he was always able to overcome. Having been there, Jesus not only understands what we’re going through, he also shows where we find the strength to win the battle. Matthew 4:1-11
It’s Not the Healthy that Need a Doctor, But the Sick
Jesus teaches us to approach divergent views with an attitude of humility and the desire to understand where the other person is coming from. Then we can make judgments that are based solely on the basis of the Word of God without self-righteous hypocrisy. Sermon Text: Matthew 7:1-5