Key verse; for when we
were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans
ask, “What does Easter have to do with me?”
that is a good question.
too often we think that new clothing, Easter baskets, chocolate bunnies, finding
Easter eggs, and hopefully, a good dinner, is all there is to Easter.
Lord convicted me as a Pastor to have no rabbits and no Santa in the House of
God. You say, “Preacher, the so-and-so church down the road has an Easter egg
hunt for their children every Easter.” Well, bless them! I don’t want a
child to ask the question, “Preacher, I thought Easter was about Jesus.” I
don’t believe the church should promote bunny rabbits and Santa Claus. We are
all about Jesus.
Salvation came at a very steep price. The Son of God died for my sins on the
cross because He knew I was not capable of hanging there myself.
scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet, peradventure for a good man some
would dare die.
you die for the “old drunk" down the street? Would you die for a stranger, or
even for your neighbor? Sure, we would die for our spouse or our children, but
would you lay your life down for a wicked sinner? I will have to be honest and
say, “I don’t know.” However, Jesus did not hesitate. He said, “I’ll go for
them, Father; they cannot do it for themselves.” Some will choose to pay their
sin debt on their own and will lose their soul.
Easter message is wrapped up in Romans 5:8: But God commendeth His love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Easter, is about the love of God and the empty tomb. There was only one that
could die on the cross for us. He suffered the pain for the alcoholic, the drug
addict, the liar, and the thief. He did it willingly. He proved His love in a
way that we can never repay Him.
Isaiah 53:5: But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for
our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes
we are healed.
was done for you and me, friend! By the grace of God, He tasted death for you
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath
through him. What does the word justified mean? The dictionary says
"to pardon from guilt, to set free." Friend, can you understand what
Jesus did for you and me? The cross is what He did; He chose to agonize for our
sins, yours and mine.
5:10 is the curve
ball: For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the
death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Easter story is a two-part story. Jesus died on the cross. If that were all the
story, we would not have things much different, but the second part of the story
is that Jesus’ death on the cross restored fellowship for man back to God. We
serve a risen Savior. We are saved by Jesus’ death, but we are kept safe
because of His life. When we sin, He is the one to go to the Father and plead
Jr Fields is down there on earth and he just said a bad word. Forgive him; I
love him and I died for his sins. The “little fat Buddha” can’t go to the
Father for me; Mohammed can’t go to the Father for me; and neither can
Confucius do anything to help me. Only Jesus has God’s ear. It’s His going to
the Father in my behalf that keeps me safe.
through the blood of Jesus I will receive life everlasting. Romans 5:11:
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom
we have now received atonement. I am one lucky bird! I had somebody
pay a price I could not pay, and He is running intercession to the Father for
me, even now! When we think about what Jesus did for us, how can we NOT joy
“Preacher, what’s the big deal about Easter? Why should I get all worked-up in
lather?” I can tell you why I get worked-up. “Jesus is alive and well. I
have been set free from sin and cleansed by His blood. I have joy in my heart
and peace with God. I am a future citizen of Heaven.
may ask, “Can God make saints out of sinner people?” Look around you. Sitting
on the same pew with you may have been an alcoholic who has been redeemed
through His blood. That’s why they call it “Grace.” Not one person in this
building has been so wicked that God cannot reach down His hand to you. If that
were not possible, then there would be no hope for any of us.
the Pulpit pf Pastor Jr Fields
April 8, 2007
Sermon edited by Mary King