Connecting the Good News to the Crucifixion and Resurrection

Connecting the Good News to
The Crucifixion and Resurrection
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
August 20th, 2016
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Connecting the Gospel: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
Matthew 26:36-28:10

In this series we have been connecting events in the Bible to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  And today we are talking about Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection, which just happens to be at the very center of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Why is the Crucifixion and Resurrection so important?

1. Crucifixion…The death of Jesus Christ…
Why did Jesus have to DIE? Most of you can answer that question.  Jesus had to die to save us from sin, because The wages of sin is deathRomans 6:23

But why is the wage of sin death? I believe it’s because that’s how dangerous sin is.  In fact, instead of thinking of it as a wage, perhaps we can think of it as the consequence of sin.  Or perhaps we can think of it as the nature of sin.  It would be like asking why does fire burn things…because that it’s nature.  Why did a piece of paper burn?  Because that’s the consequence of coming in contact with fire…  Why do sinful people die, because that’s what sin does, that is the consequence of sin.

So why did Jesus have to die?  Because we have sinned, which means somebody has to suffer the consequence.  We can’t… not without death.  And we cannot recover from death.  Which is why the resurrection is important.

2. Resurrection… Jesus comes back to life…
Because Jesus did not stay dead what this means for us is that we serve a living God.  Without the resurrection, then even if Jesus died for us and we are forgiven, we would still live in a broken world that is ruled by Satan.  And this would be catastrophic for us to spend eternity with Satan on the loose.

But because Jesus is risen.  Revelation tells us that He will come again, and defeat Satan and be thrown into the lake of fire.  And that means, that Jesus can redeem the people He has paid the price for.

So, He died so that we could be saved from sin, and He came back to life, so that He could come back and redeem us.

Romans 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Where are we in this story? 

To answer this question, let’s ask the questions:
Why Did God choose to save us?
Why Did Jesus willingly go to the cross?

John 3:16 answers the first question - why did God choose to save us?  Because He loves us… For God So loved the World, that He gave His only begotton son, that whosoever, believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  

John 15:12-14 answers the second question…Why did Jesus go willingly?
“This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

The reason why Jesus’ death is at the center of all of History, and the reason why Jesus gave his life for us and the reason there is good news in the first place, is because God loves us… Jesus loves us.
Love, that’s what it’s all about.  It is the driving factor of the whole plan of salvation - God’s love for us.  So where are we in the story?  Jesus’ death happened because of Love, and we are the recipients of this great and powerful love.  We are the recipients of salvation

Now let me clarify one thing here…  
This doesn’t make it all about us.  It is still all about God, it is all about His will, His desires, it is about His kingdom, it is about His love…  It is about His desire to spend eternity with His handiwork.  So be sure not to confuse this.  There is a fine line between thinking we are loved because we deserve it or because we are good, vs understanding we are loved because we are his handiwork.  Even His love for us, is all about Him and His glory…

How does the crucifixion and resurrection point to the good news?

Act 13:38 says “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” (NIV)

Because Jesus Conquered sin on the cross and because He conquered death through the resurrection…Forgiveness is possible.

What would your life look like if all of the bad things you did in your history were erased, and you got a fresh start? What would your life look like if there were absolutely no sin in it?

It’s kind of hard for us to imagine our lives without the history of our sin?  We don’t know what a perfect life looks like.  We have never lived a perfect life. But this is what heaven will look like.  All of our sins, all of our mistakes, all of our scars will be erased.

Because Jesus died on the cross, our sins are forgiven.  And one day, when we get to glory, we will have new bodies, and we will live in a new earth, and Jesus will be our king, and we will be of 1 mind and 1 body of Christ, working together in paradise.  And it will be unlike anything we can get our heads around today.

God sent His son to die on the cross, because He knows what we look like without our past…   He sees who we can be…  He can see his own glorious handiwork. And through the price Jesus paid on the cross… all of our bad choices, all of our scars, all of our past sins…all of those things we can’t see past… will one day be removed.  And in that day, we will see ourselves for who we can be… a perfect child of God.

What will your life look like when you are forgiven of all your sins?


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