Easter at Kirby Woods 2019
Palm Sunday 2019
Jesus died on the cross so you could experience the saving grace and freeing power of forgiveness.
Jesus Died So You Can…
Experience a Spiritual Resurrection (2:13)
Everyone is born into sin and consequently spiritually “dead” (2:13; Ps. 51:5; Rms. 6:23; Col. 1:21; 1 Jn. 1:8).
“You were dead in your trespasses and sins...”-Ephesians 2:1
Sin entraps you making a promise of freedom only to enslave you into spiritual bondage that gives you “no hope...without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12; Rms. 6:6; Jms. 1:15; 2 Pet. 2:19).
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.”-Colossians 1:21
Though you are committing “trespasses” against God’s law, God can make you “alive together” with Jesus through his resurrection over sin and death (2:13).
1) Gives Grace
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved-and raised us up with him...”-Ephesians 2:5-6
By God’s grace, you can experience a spiritual resurrection through receiving the life of Jesus.
2) Gives Life
God intervenes into your death by making you “alive” through a spiritual resurrection (Eph. 2:1-10) that transforms you into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15), giving you a new identity (Eph. 4:24), and empowering you to live a new life (Rms. 6:4; 7:6).
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away and the new has come.”-2 Corinthians 5:17
Jesus Died So You Can…
Experience Forgiveness of Your Sin Debt (2:13-14)
Forgiveness is a grace gift from God where “all” of your “trespasses” are pardoned (Lk. 7:42-43; Eph. 4:32. Col. 3:13).
When you carry the “debt” of your sin it works “against” you in the present and leads you to eternally default on the debt (2:14; Ps. 30:3-4).
Because of the “legal demands” of your incriminating debt, God was “nailing it to
the cross” as Jesus took your debt by paying the penalty as your substitute with his undeserved death (2:14; Mt. 10:25; Rms. 6:23; Gal. 3:13; Rev. 21:8).
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
You owed a debt you could never pay but Jesus paid your debt that he did not owe.
1) Forever Clears Your Record
“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”-Psalm 103:10
God’s grace clears your record of sin of everything in your past, present and future.
2) Clears Your Conscience
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Because your conscience will either accuse or excuse, you need the purifying cleansing of your conscience only Jesus can bring (Rms. 2:15; 1 Tim. 1:19).
Jesus Died So You Can…
Triumph Over Hell (2:15)
At the cross, Jesus “disarmed” (stripped) the controlling demonic powers—“rulers and authorities”— of their power to destroy and kill (2:15).
Jesus died that he “might break the power of him who holds the power of death-that is the devil-and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Heb. 2:14-15).
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”
-1 John 3:8
Being stripped naked and dying naked, the exposure of Jesus at the cross was the shame of your sin being placed on Jesus so you could live unashamed (2:15; Gen. 2:25; Jn. 19:23-25).
You will never find freedom from your shame and guilt until you receive everything that is right with Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21).
At the cross, God was parading his triumph over his hellish enemies by putting them to shame through their public defeat (2:15).
1) Rescues You From Hell’s Dominion
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Jesus rescues you from the dominion of darkness and redeems you to have a full and free forgiveness of sins.
2) Frees You From Hell’s Captivity
God grants “a repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth” which will cause you to come to your “senses” and “escape from the trap of the devil” (2 Tim. 2:25-26).
Jesus frees you from the controlling power of sin over your life (Rms. 6:1-4).
Challenge: Do I have the full, free, and freeing forgiveness Jesus gives?