This morning we closeout our PASSION WEEK mini-series. I trust you have enjoyed it. Some years ago the Lord gave me a poem that tells the story of the Resurrection. It is simply entitled it, “The Story.” Enjoy.
God released His best to Adam in the garden,
Kingdom Dominion, power, blessing, and the more,
but shortly thereafter humanity was seeking a pardon,
Adam sinned and the recovery from this sin… a chore.
God re-established His blessing with a man named Abraham,
to bless the whole world was his charter, his mandate, his command,
I am not really sure if Abraham could truly understand,
the awesomeness of the task the Lord had just placed in His hands.
But sin and death still ruled, because of Adam’s transgression,
an answer to this dynamic-duo of destruction was needed in the land,
two types of lambs were chosen as an annual concession,
the blood of innocent animals were to be shed by the hands of guilty man.
The PASSOVER lamb served as a covering for death,
the Atonement lamb as a covering for sin,
but the blood of these animals was a temporary solution,
God sent Jesus to fight the ultimate battle – and win!
Jesus was the PASSOVER lamb,
death had been conquered once and for all,
Jesus was also the Atonement lamb,
on Calvary’s cross sin took its ultimate fall.
So behold the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world,
the ultimate sacrifice paid on Golgotha’s hill,
they hung Him high, they stretched Him wide, He hung His head, for me He died,
and for three hours the light of the sun was stilled.
But the true victory came later, after three nights and three days,
when Jesus rose with all power in His hand,
the resurrection is the Gospel, told in so many ways,
and we must keep preaching it all throughout the land!
Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin,
Jesus rose so that we could do the same,
Jesus’ victory is transferred to us, so we now win,
back to dominion, blessing, and power in life’s game.
So this upcoming Resurrection Sunday please remember what it’s all about,
it’s about more than rabbits and eggs and colorful attire,
it’s about redemption from sin and death, which should make you want to shout!
Jesus died! Jesus rose! So we could live Higher!
That’s the story that we tell, that’s the story that we sing,
that’s the story that we preach all over the globe,
but it’s more than just a story; it’s a life changing thing,
it’s the Gospel, preached for the whole world to know!
Jesus is Alive! That’s the story!
Closing Confession: Father, I enter this day with thanksgiving on my lips and praise in my heart for Jesus and what He did for me. Because of one man, Adam, I was born with reservations to hell. I was born under the bondage of sin and with the fear of death. No man had to teach me to sin, because it was part of my nature. No man had to teach me about death, because it was waiting for me and looming over my head. But I thank You for sending another man, a blameless man, a spotless man, a sinless man, a God-man named Jesus. Jesus died to get me out of everything Adam got me into. I have made Jesus my Lord and by doing so I have been called out of darkness and into Your marvelous light. I am in Christ and Christ is in me. I have been translated into the Kingdom of Your dear Son and I have been ascended into heavenly places and seated with Christ Jesus at Your right hand. I am delivered from sin and now sin has no power over me. I am the righteousness of God in Christ and I walk in the newness of the life that Christ Jesus died to give me. I have also been delivered from the fear of death. I have no need to fear death, because I already died. My old man is dead in You. I have been born twice and I already died once, and that is all the dying I am going to do. When my time in the earth is over I will simply move from earth to glory, from time to eternity, from mortal to immortality. And this freedom that I now enjoy – from both sin and death – were made available to me because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I will never forget it and I will share this truth, which is the message of the gospel, everywhere I go. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it changed me and I share it with others so it can change them. This upcoming Sunday, while many enjoy colorful clothes and colorful eggs, I won’t forget to tell people the true meaning of the day and the significance of the act – Jesus died, Jesus rose, and that same Resurrection Power is made available to us! I walk in that power daily. I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper!