It’s Not Why He Came; It’s Why He Left…It’s The Gospel

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Our Culture Today

The American culture spends more time and money focusing on the day Jesus came into this world, Christmas than any other day. Christian or not, this day is more celebrated, more invested in, and more popular than all other holidays combined. It’s Not Why He Came; It’s Why He Left and what happens three days later which will forever change the life of those who confess of their sin and believe in their heart because they will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

Time for Some Good News

The Gospel (Good News of the coming of the Kingdom of God) is what we call Easter in America. It is a symbolic reference of the death & resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But how can Jesus leaving us, be better than him coming to us? While the two are indeed connected, you must come to go; it is His death (leaving) that allowed for the resurrection. A resurrection which forever defeats death. Forever restores our relationship with God the Father. His resurrection allowed the presence of the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, leading and counseling us to live a life of the Spirit, a life of:

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
— Galatians 5:22

Did you know that the promise of Jesus Christ is an eternal promise, one that is foretold in the Old Testament: Genesis 1:26, Psalm 16: 8-11, Psalm 22:16, just to name a few?  As well as the New Testament:
 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
— John 1:1

What He Gave - Unconditional Love

Something incredibly powerful took place around 3 pm (Matthew 27:46) in the afternoon. Jesus took the full burden and wrath of all our sins, past, present, and future. He witnesses in this single moment every desire of the flesh (sin) that had occurred, was occurring or would occur in all mankind. He saw King David’s heart which led him to adultery and murder. He saw men and women who put their love and hope in people, objects, and gods, other than Him. He saw the degradation of the men of Rome and how they justified and even embraced the torture they put on Him hours before. He saw the death of His disciples, 9/11, the Holocaust, and every sinful action that will occur after this post at this moment. He knew it would happen, yet He bore it all and left this world for you and me. Although as God He is all-knowing and knew what He would experience and see, His unconditional Love, Hope, and Forgiveness was His gift to you and me.

Understand More – Watch These:

Words: Cari Jobe (with Isaac Wimberley)

Video: The Story (5:53 minutes)

What we Receive – Peace, Eternal Life, and Much More...

Just today, our Pastor (Jason Friesen) delivered a powerful sermon and reminded us all that Jesus offers us a life of peace which transcends all our understanding. But do we have to understand to receive it, no? We need to be humble enough to listen to His Truth. Jesus said:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
— John 14:27

If you are not experiencing this peace in your life today, let me ask you this, “What are you fighting against?”

I fought this for a long time myself. Rejecting the peace God offered while holding onto a past He asked me to move on from. Pride kept me from learning. Anger kept me from caring. Fear prevented me from receiving. That is until sometime in early 2010, when God showed me Peace was a gift, one He freely gave and desired I would receive. I did.

Make an Impact

Easter may be a Sunday on the calendar of some. Time for a good meal and fellowship for others. But for followers of Jesus Christ, it is a reminder of the tremendous sacrifice He did for you and me. A dead savior cannot save, but Jesus is not dead. He is Risen!

Consider sharing The Story with those He lays on your heart. Save this as a reference for later. Easter is the Gospel. The Gospel is a Gift! A Gift of a restored relationship with God the Father and eternal life in Heaven.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

Pursue Your Potential!
Chris