The Weekend That Changed the World.
Summary: No other weekend in history can compare to Easter Weekend.
How do we know Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday?
Mark 16:9 (NLT) 9 After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons.
Matthew 28:1-6 (NLT) 28 Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. 3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. 4 The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. 5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.
Date: c.3500 BC Invention of the wheel and plow in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq); invention of the sail in Egypt: three fundamental inventions for trade, agriculture and exploration.
Date: February 11, 1847 Thomas Alva Edison is born in Ohio, one of the most well-known inventors of all time.
Date: September 2,1945 End of Second World War, 50 million die worldwide in the world’s largest and most deadly conflict, ending when mankind develops the means to destroy itself.
Pt1 - No other day, week, month, or year in the history of the world compares to the weekend that Jesus died and was resurrected!
Pt 2. Why did Jesus have to die? He didn’t!
Jesus didn’t have to die… he chose to! Jesus chose to die for the sins of the world.
Ephesians 5:25 (NLT) 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NLT) 5 For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
Titus 2:13-14(NLT) …13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
John 14:6 (NLT)
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
Pt3 – Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, precious human babies have been born with “sinful spiritual DNA”
Romans 5:12 (NLT)
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
Romans 6:23 (NLT)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Pastor Mike’s Thought of the Day:
Those around us need to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and parents, you need to take the lead in teaching your children who Jesus is and about the sinful genetics we are born with and how sin separates us from God. Then you need to tell them about the weekend that changed the world, and that this gift is available to each and every one of them.
John 10:10 (NLT)
10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Revelation 1:18 (NLT)
18 I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.