TUESDAY, APRIL 19
2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”
Acts 17:2-3 (ESV)
WHY EASTER? MY SINS NEED FORGIVING
A small boy was consistently late coming home from school. His parents warned him one day that he must be home on time that afternoon, but nevertheless he arrived later than ever. His mother met him at the door and said nothing. At dinner that night, the boy looked at his plate. There was a slice of bread and a glass of water. He looked at his father’s full plate and then at his father, but his father remained silent. The boy was crushed.
The father waited for the full impact to sink in, then quietly took the boy’s plate and placed it in front of himself. He took his own plate of meat and potatoes, put it in front of the boy, and smiled at his son. When that boy grew to be a man, he said, “All my life, I’ve known what God is like by what my father did that night.” (J. Allan Peterson)
In Acts 17, the Apostle Paul reminded the men of the synagogue what God was like. The Jews (and the Gentile God fearers) in the synagogue already had a general belief in the Old Testament Scriptures, a truth which Paul proceeded to take advantage of in order to prove the promised Messiah must die and rise again for our sins, and that Jesus was the promised Messiah. But the thought that the Messiah would come to suffer and die at the hands of His own people was incomprehensible to most Jews. To counter this incorrect belief by the Jews regarding their Messiah, Paul resorted to the OT Scriptures that spoke of Messiah’s suffering. God did in fact come to die in our place.
Easter reminds us what God is like. What are a few of the things you believe Easter teaches you about God?
Mike shared, in the sermon, “If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17 (NLT) Praise God for Jesus’ sacrifice in your place and removing your guilt.