“FROM DEATH TO LIFE”                       Easter sunrise: April 16, 2006      

Text: Matthew 28:1-10          

Introduction:

1)   Death of great men: In all cultures, there were many great men in history. No matter how great they all died. Some of them were remembered after they died. But time and space will wash out their importance. But that is not the case with the death of Jesus.

2)   Death of Jesus: The differences: a). He died and came to life again. b). His death is being celebrated all over the world in 2,000 years. c). His death brings new life to the world.

 

His is a voluntary death: “I lay down my life only to take it up again. No one takes it from me but I lay it down of my own accord.” (John 10:17-18) His voluntary death was for a great purpose: “That all that believe in Him shall have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

 

His is a violent death: If you have seen the movies “The Passion of the Christ”, you will understand how painful and how much suffering Jesus had gone through to die on the cross. From the agonizing prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane to the cry on the cross, He suffered both physical emotional and spiritual agony no man had ever gone through.

 

His is a vital death: Except the death of Jesus there is no other way to save men from their sins and to bring men back to God. “In fact the law requires that all tings be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Heb. 9:22) Then the Bible says, “So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people.” (9:28)

 

His is a victorious death: Death symbolizes defeat and life symbolizes victory. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus on the third day after death is the seal of victory: victory over sin, over death and over the power of Satan, the prince of all evil. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:25)

 

Conclusion: Easter is a time to celebrate new life through Jesus Christ.