The Old Testament leads us to Christ. In all the writings of the Old Testament – everything is about God trying to restore relationship and the experience of Christ coming to save all.
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed
What man in this world had a greater influence then Jesus – how is it that his ministry to this day is strong. What religion in the world teaches of love and two of the greatest Commandmants – 1) Love God and 2) Love thy Neighbor as yourself
Sometimes loving God isn’t so hard, but the neighbors… what about the neighbors – who is our neighbor. Living in a high rise, I find everyone in my building is a potential neighbor, but how about my work, my church and places I go. Everyone is my neighbor, because Jesus wants everyone to be saved. Muslims, Jews, Budhist and Hindu and other people who do not believe. Jesus wants them all.
What religion today preaches God’s peace and love. It is the one that comes only from the true God. God doesn’t want us to think about it long either, he wants us to – Hear the word, believe the word, repent and be baptized. It isn’t about waiting to make sure it is the right decision. They replied, Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ – This was a simple, a plain, and an effectual direction. They did not direct him to use the means of grace, to pray, or to continue to seek for salvation. They did not advise him to delay, or to wait for the mercy of God. They told him to believe at once; to commit his agitated, and guilty, and troubled spirit to the Saviour, with the assurance that he should find peace.
God’s word is powerful, it moved the man and his household to be batized and they found the peace of God. Here is the sum of the whole gospel, the covenant of grace in a few words; Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. The Lord so blessed the word, that the jailer was at once softened and humbled. He treated them with kindness and compassion, and, professing faith in Christ, was baptized in that name, with his family.
On this Holy Weekend – the Old Testament leads us to the new and the new covenant that Jesus Christ died for all – that no one should be lost. Why do you think there were 3 crosses on Calvary, to show us that if we mock God, then we will die to our sin, and if we confess and believe in him, we will be with him in Paradise.
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Christ is the answer – HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY TO YOU!!!!