The Easter story in pictures   Sunday, April 12, 2020

Big Idea: Great teachers, such as Jesus, use many stories and pictures to illustrate a message. Joel used the farm as an illustration. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Church, graphically described Easter with seven pictures.

Scripture: In him also you were … buried with him in baptism,

in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God,

who raised him from the dead.

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh,

God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

by canceling the Certificate of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.

This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame,

by triumphing over them in him.

Colossians 2:11-15a ESV

  1. We were dead!  That’s a pretty graphic picture and a hopeless one. We had no more power than a dead man to atone for our sin. We had no reason to expect, or even to hope. that we would receive the gift of grace and the miracle of new life.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 1 Corinthians 5:17

 

  1. A handwritten charge was recorded on a Certificate of debt. The Charge of “Guilty” is written on each of our Certificates of Debt before God. as it is written: 

None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.

All  have turned aside;  together they have become worthless;

No one does good, not even one.”  Romans 3:10-12 ESV

  1. The indictment that was ours was nailed to Jesus’ cross.

He paid the full price for all our sins

But he was wounded for our transgressions;

He was crushed for our iniquities;

Upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned—every one—to his own way;

and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:5-6 ESV

  1. The charge has been erased by Jesus’ death and is completely gone.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”  Isaiah 1:18 ESV

  1. We are no longer criminals — now we are God’s sons and daughters

… I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

2 Corinthians 6:18

  1. God has stripped the power and authority from our enemy, the devil, like a soldier would strip his enemy of his weapons after he has been captured. Although the devil still works as a terrorist, he has no legal authority over believers.

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood,

he himself likewise partook of the same things,

that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death,

that is, the devil,

and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery

Hebrews 2:14-15

  1. He put the devil to open shame and then led a “triumphant parade”. This was a Roman custom that celebrated their victory after a battle. It’s when the defeated enemy was paraded in chains before the citizens.

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,

and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,  To one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.

2 Corinthians 2:14-16a

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