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Today I will close out this mini-series entitled “The Road to the Resurrection” with a special message. I wrote a poem about 20 years, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and I believe it is apropos for this series. It is simply entitled it, “The Story”. Allow me to share this poem with you this morning. Enjoy.
God deposited His best inside of 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!
Declaration of Faith:
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 it loomed over me. But thank You Father 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. I am seated in heavenly places, at Your right hand, with Christ Jesus. I am delivered from the power and penalty of sin by Your amazing grace. Sin has no power over me. I am the righteousness of God in Christ and I walk in the newness of the life Christ Jesus died to give me. I serve a living Savior, Jesus is His name! I enter into this day, and every day that follows, free, delivered, empowered, and called because of Jesus! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!