Jesus Can Do It for Me

What does the Easter holiday mean to you?

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The Easter story marks the most significant event in our Christian lives. The Easter weekend is when, through the death of Jesus you and I were reconciled with God. There was no hope for our sinfulness but God did it.

Today we will read this story and highlight some people who were part of this story. These people all met Jesus and were refreshed in a new way. What is most interesting about these people is that some things about them resonate with our own lives. The thing is that Jesus became real for them, in their situations, and I believe today he can do it for you.

Our sermon text is Luke 23:13-24:35

Focus: BarabbasJesus paid the ultimate price                         Barabbas was in jail expecting to be executed for his sins. He led a riot, and he killed someone. The logical punishment at the time was death. Somehow there was a commotion and Jesus was brought in. Somehow because of Jesus came in there, Barabbas was spared the ultimate price, and that is death. Jesus doesn’t always remove the consequences, but he paid the price. And so Barabbas didn’t face the full force of our sin. Jesus presence and power was strong enough to pay the ultimate price.

The Thief on the right – Jesus promised his presence                             I love what Jesus told the thief on the right. “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Sometimes you may feel so inadequate and so unholy that you don’t deserve to be in the same space with religious people who have it all together. The thief on the right repented and at that moment, Jesus responded by promising eternal presence and relationship. After repentance Jesus invited him. You too are invited.

The Women: Jesus brought joy in sadness                                         That was perhaps one of the saddest nights for these women. They expected Jesus to have been their saviour but it seems to them he had died. We know the story from this side of time, if we could move back in time this is what we would tell them – why are you crying, he is not dead. Wipe your tears, he is not dead. The women went to the grave expecting to find a dead Jesus. They had given up in their sadness. Isn’t that where we find ourselves. A situation in which we may feel something precious to us has died.

The Men on Emmaus Way: Jesus became real in the midst of doubt One of the things that commonly happens is when stuff is going on and we are wondering if God is there or not. Your friends are talking about how God has been there for them, even how they are experiencing good things. However when I look at my financial situation I am filled with doubt. I am not sure. When I look at an illness situation, I may be filled with doubt. When I look at my extended family I may even doubt his presence.

If Jesus did it for them, he can do it for me                                      33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus in his power and presence paid the ultimate price. Jesus did it for Barabbas, for the thief on the right, for the women and for the men in Emmaus, he can do it for you. We know that Jesus is more than able, and that is why we can ask in this prayer for Jesus to show himself strong and mighty. If Jesus did it for them, he can do it for me.

Blessing

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