The sweet truth of Easter is presented here in 28 words. To boil it down even further, God’s love:
- Reaches out
- Draws others in
- Sets the pattern for our love to others
Matthew 12:40 -- Jonah was in the stomach of the big fish for three days and three nights. In the same way, the Son of Man will be in the grave three days and three nights.
So many people say “If I could just see a miracle, then I could believe”. The sweet truth of Easter is that God loves us enough to give us the most definite evidences of Jesus as the Messiah:
- The virgin birth
- Jesus’ death
- His Resurrection
- The Ascension
- Centuries of work in the lives of believers around the world
Matthew 28:6 -- He is not here. He has risen from the dead as he said he would. Come and see the place where his body was.
The sweet truth of Easter is seen in the Resurrection:
- He rose from the dead, just as He promised. So we can be sure that He will keep His promises to us
- The power that brought Jesus up from the grave is available to us for the needs we have
- The Resurrection gives us the authority for witnessing to the world. It is not just the collected sayings of a good teacher that we teach
- The Resurrection gives us hope in the face of the tragedies we face in life
Acts 1:4 -- … (Jesus) told them not to leave Jerusalem. He said, “Wait here to receive the promise from the Father which I told you about … (for) when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.
The sweet truth of Easter is that it provides us with an unlimited source of power, the Holy Spirit:
- The Spirit marks the beginning of the Christian experience. We come to Jesus only as the Spirit draws us
- The Spirit is the power we need to begin our new life in Christ
- The Spirit gives us the ability to witness with extraordinary results, as we are not just telling a story within the context of our own power, but, instead, are showing and telling what God’s power has done in our lives
Going back to John 3:16, all we have to do is believe. This is the sweet truth of Easter.
- To believe is more than just an intellectual agreement
- To believe means to put our trust and confidence in Him that He alone can save us and give us access to Heaven
- To believe is to put Jesus in charge of our plans and our lives
- To believe is to trust that His word is reliable
- To believe is to rely on Him for the power to change our lives
Will you accept the sweet truth of Easter tonight?