Sunday, April 30, 2017

Resurrection Sunday 2017

Resurrection Sunday
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

INTRODUCTION

Isaiah 53
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.

He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
I.       WHAT IS TODAY?
a.      Today is NOT about Ishtar
i.       She was the Assyrian/Babylonian goddess of fertility, war, love and sex

ii.    This is why the Pagan holiday “Easter” is celebrated with bunnies, which are symbolic of reproduction, and eggs, which are a symbolic of fertility.

iii. Although Ishtar worship has been around for approximately 4,500 years, only 1 of the many days of Ishtar worship actually come near to the day of Passover.

iv.   CONTRARY to Pagan claims, today is NOT a Pagan holiday taken over by a “new” faith as one of their own, but rather, a HOLY DAY which just happened to take place during one of the many Pagan days that fill the calendar.


b.     It IS the PASSOVER
i.       Leviticus 23:5 specifies that the festival year begins with Passover, on the end of the fourteenth day of the month (Nisan 15).

ii.    In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, Passover is the Feast of Salvation.

iii. Jews receiving Salvation from Egypt after the death of the firstborn, and the blood of the lamb as a covering, and in the New Covenant, salvation from sin after the death of the Firstborn of God, and the Lamb's blood which does not cover, but cleanses.

iv.   Today, we mark our bodies (the house of the “spirit”) with the blood of Christ.

v.      Today is a celebration of Salvation!


c.      Today is a promise of God fulfilled!
i.       Man's relationship with God was broken because of sin

ii.    Through the atonement of Christ's sacrifice at Passover, He brought us a NEW COVENANT, purchased with His blood

iii. ANYONE who drinks of this cup, can receive the New Covenant with God, through Christ Jesus, and once again, be in fellowship with our Father in heaven.

II.    HOW DID GOD PREPARE HIS PEOPLE FOR THIS DAY?
a.      Through prophecies
i.       Such as Isaiah 53

ii.    There are literally thousands of prophecies concerning Jesus, which He fulfilled, proving He was the Christ

iii. The Old Testament teaches of Jesus, and the coming New Testament

iv.   Remember, the Testaments are COVENANTS (agreements/contracts made with God)

v.      There are currently 2 contracts with God, the Old which does not save, only condemn, and the New which was purchased in Christ’s Blood, and releases you from the requirements of the first contract.


b.     God also prepared His people by showing His people through example (or foreshadowing)
i.       Prophecies told of what was to come, and have been fulfilled by Christ, but foreshadowing SHOWED the people what was to come!

ii.    God showed what He was going to do to bring Salvation to His people and renew the relationship that had been broken because of sin, by saving the Jews from Egypt, using symbolic teachings such as the blood of a sacrificial lamb over the door stoops, and the death of the firstborn.

iii. This foreshadowed what Christ would accomplish.


c.      Finally, God not only gave prophecies to be fulfilled by Christ, and foreshadowing to SHOW what Christ would accomplish, but Jesus taught before the Cross of what His mission was, and what OUR mission would be once He left.

d.     Matthew 28:16-20Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
III. HOW DO WE HONOR PASSOVER TODAY?
a.      Celebrate it as a feast of God!
i.       Not as a ritual, rather a feast of celebration in honoring God's fulfilled plan of Salvation


b.     Remember it!
i.       As the Israelites were instructed to do, teach it to our young, so the next generation will know what God has done!


c.      Many want to celebrate Christmas as Jesus' birthday, yet;
i.       We know from scripture Jesus was not born in December

ii.    We were NEVER told in scripture to celebrate Jesus' birth

iii. Jesus Himself told us in scripture to CELEBRATE HIS DEATH & RESURRECTION!

a.      At the Passover feast, the night Jesus was taken into custody, he celebrated with the Disciples, and had the “Last Supper”, and during the breaking of bread, and the drinking of the cup into the New Covenant, Jesus told them “EVERY TIME you do this, do this in remembrance of me”

b.     Jesus told them, every “communion”, as we call it, every breaking of bread, celebrate the Passover, Jesus' substitutional death & His resurrection!

c.      Why?  Because it is ONLY through His atoning sacrifice that we have a New Covenant, which Jesus told us was purchased with His blood, which was poured out for the remission of sins; and His body, which was broken for you and me, on PASSOVER.










CONCLUSION
So, TODAY, Passover, Easter, resurrection Sunday, whatever we call it, was, is and always will be a celebration of the Salvation of God's people!

Let us celebrate PASSOVER today!  Resurrection Sunday!

Feast with family and friends, give thanks, accept the New Covenant with God the Father, through Jesus Christ, and HONOR the Lord, by LIVING the Great Commission of Jesus Christ!

If you have never taken the opportunity to accept this New Covenant in Christ, then you will be judged by the Old covenant and found guilty.

Accepting the New Covenant in Christ is simple.

Accept Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the debt of sin, the requirements of the Old Covenant.

Believe that this payment for our debt through His substitutional atoning death on the cross was acceptable by God as payment, because God raised Christ from the dead as the First Fruits.

Confess your sin, and repent, accepting Jesus as your Lord

And your sins will be forgiven, and Christ, through the Holy Spirit will begin a new work in you, and you will become a NEW creation!

The Old will pass away, and you will be counted among the children of God.

Amen!



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