Luke 23:44 - 24:12. Luke 24:6-7 (NIV2011)" 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.’ ”
Jesus, the risen king, gives us “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.” In order to experience new life there has to be a process of:
• Death Luke 23:44-46, Galatians 5:24
• Burial Luke 23:50-53, Colossians 3:9-10
• Resurrection Luke 24:4-6, 2 Corinthians 5:17
Are you willing to die to self in order to live for Christ?
1 Peter 2:24 (NIV2011) 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed."
Luke 23:32-43, Luke 23:34 (NIV2011) "34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots."
When we look at the crucifixion in isolation, we see how Jesus reacted under intense pressure. He was:
• Unjustly condemned yet forgiving v32-34
• Mocked yet self-controlled v35-38
• Insulted yet compassionate v39-43
But that doesn’t answer the “why” question. Why did Jesus have to die?
• He sacrificed his life for our sin Isaiah 53:5-6, John 1:29
• He knew the big picture Hebrews 12:2-3
When we understand the “why”, the how (sacrifice) becomes bearable. Can we answer the “why” question? What is our purpose?
Matthew 6:33 (NIV2011) "33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
John 13:1-17, John 13:1 (NIV2011) "1 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end."
What was happening…
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God’s kingdom is eternal. God has set eternity in the human heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). God created us to be part of His eternal…
Luke 13:18-22 "18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”