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Introduction: God knows everything about you and He loves you

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You are fully known and fully loved—so much so that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for your sins. Today, you can be assured that all your sins have been put away because Jesus was raised from the dead.

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  • You can come to church expecting to receive from the Lord because He is a God of miracles. If you are feeling downcast or depressed because you received a bad report from the doctor, know that God is a God of miracles who can heal you. He created your body and He has also redeemed your body through the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • God loves you. You’re not alone. You’re not just a face in the crowd. The Lord knows you. He knows the number of hairs on your head and He knows exactly what you’re going through—even the things that you don’t share with those closest to you. God knows all about you and He loves you just as you are. That’s the best kind of love you can receive!
  • God loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for your sins. On Resurrection Sunday 2,000 years ago, Jesus rose from the dead as a testimony that all your sins have been put away. That’s why today, we can sing, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
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You have the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ

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Because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross, you can experience eternal life—the very life that God Himself has, full of abundant health and strength. Death was never part of God’s plan for mankind.

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Rom. 6:23, Gen. 1:26–27, Gen. 2:16–17

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • How do you see God today? Do you see Him as an old man in heaven who is angry and stingy? We have to change how we see God. God is a dynamic God who is young and never ages. As a believer, you can experience that same kind of life that God has.
  • Eternal life is not just about living forever. It’s about living a good life forever. Eternal life is the life that God lives by. It is the disease-free, ageless life, and it becomes yours through Jesus Christ (Rom 6:23).
  • All of us sin because we are sinners. We don’t become sinners because we sin. When we were born into this world, we were born in sin.
  • When God made the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, He put them in a beautiful place called Eden. It was full of beauty and goodness. God could have created robots, but He didn’t. He made man in His image, according to His likeness (Gen. 1:26–27), and gave man free choice.
  • If God created everything to be good and perfect, man would not have been able to exercise his free choice. So God told Adam and Eve that they could freely eat of every tree except one, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:16–17). Adam and Eve chose to eat of the only forbidden tree, and sin entered into the world.
  • Death came into the world, but it was never God’s heart for man to die. God’s desire is for you to be young forever. God never designed man to be sick, grow old, and die. That’s why Jesus wept when Lazarus died even though He knew He was about to raise him from the dead. Jesus wept because He knew the Father’s original plan for man.
  • We celebrate Resurrection Sunday because on this day, Jesus conquered death! 
  • When Jesus rose from the dead, He rose bodily. His resurrection proves that our sins have been put away.
  • Sin is what separates man from God. God hates sin because sin destroys everything beautiful that God has made. Sin hurts us.
  • For example: If your child had cancer, you would hate the cancer because you love your child. You would hate the cancer in your child to the same extent that you love your child. In the same way, God hates sin because He loves you. He hates sin because sin destroys everything good that He has created and intended for you to enjoy.
  • While God is love, God is also righteous. He had to punish sin, but He also loved man. There was only one solution, and He took it: He sent His sinless Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.
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The reason Jesus came

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Jesus came to redeem you from your shortcomings and supply you with all you need, especially right standing before God.

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John 1:17, Exod. 34:7, Heb. 8:12, Matt. 5:21–30

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  • The law was given through Moses, a servant. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ, the Son (John 1:17). 
  • The law demands, but grace supplies.
  • Under the law, God demands righteousness from sinfully bankrupt man. But under grace, God says, “Take the gift of righteousness! It’s only to be received, not earned.”
  • The first miracle that Moses did was to turn water into blood, resulting in death. The first miracle that Jesus did was to turn water into wine, resulting in a joyous celebration at a wedding. He can do the same for your marriage—He can turn what is bland and mundane into intoxicating wine.
  • Under the law, God said, “I’ll by no means pass by your sins, but I’ll visit your sins to the third and fourth generation” (Exod. 34:7). Under grace, God says, “I’ll remember your sins no more” (Heb. 8:12).
  • The law says, “Do, do, do.” Grace says, “Done.”
  • On the cross, the last word uttered by the Person of Grace, Jesus, is, “Finished!” That word signified the complete fulfillment of every requirement that God has for us.
  • When God gave the Ten Commandments, He knew that man would break them. He knew that even the best of man would fail. God’s standard is perfect. To Him, adultery happens the moment you lust in your heart. Murder happens the moment you hate someone (Matt. 5:21–30). None of us can keep God’s law. The law brings us to the end of ourselves. 
  • Jesus came to show us that our only hope lies in Him, our Savior.
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How can God forgive me for what I've done?

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Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for all your sins—past, present, and future. This is represented in the sin-offering in the Old Testament.

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John 3:16, John 1:29

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  • The rituals in the Old Testament are visual aids that point to the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Let’s look at the sin-offering in the Old Testament:
  • When a man sins, he brings a lamb to the priest in the tabernacle.
    Back in Old Testament times, when someone sinned, he had to bring a sin-offering to the priest in the tabernacle. In this situation, the priest represents God; his eyes represent the eyes of God.
  • The priest examines the lamb to ensure it is without flaw or blemish.
    When the sinner brings the lamb to the priest, the priest examines the lamb to make sure it does not have any flaws or blemishes. The priest does not examine the man for sin (because it’s obvious that the man has sinned—that’s why he is there with the lamb). Today, we are like the man who brings the lamb to the priest. We come before God with our Lamb—Jesus Christ. When we bring Jesus, God is not examining us for sin. He is only looking at Jesus. It’s not a question of how good you are but how good your Lamb is. And your Lamb, Jesus, is perfect.
  • The man who sinned lays his hands on the lamb in an act of identification so that his sins are transferred to the lamb.
    Once the priest in the Old Testament has examined the lamb and made sure it is without blemish, then the act of identification takes place: the sinner lays his hands on the lamb he has brought. Now, the lamb that was once without sin now bears the sins of the sinner. Now, the lamb is guilty in the sinner’s place.
  • The man then kills the lamb who is carrying his sins.
    The priest then passes the sinner a knife, and he kills the lamb. The lamb dies in his place, carrying his sins. That is what happened when Jesus hung on the cross. He hung on the cross carrying our sins and died for our sins (John 3:16). By the sin offerings in the Old Testament, sin was covered over and over again. Sin was covered year after year until Jesus came. Jesus did not come to cover our sins. He came to remove them completely (John 1:29). 
  • The slain lamb is placed on an altar and burned.
    The slain lamb is then placed on an altar. The altar has four corners representing the cross of Jesus Christ. When Jesus hung on the cross, He was hanging on the altar of all altars, the final altar. He is the perfect and the last offering. The lamb is then burned before God. The fire that consumes the lamb represents God’s judgment. On the cross, Jesus consumed the fire of God’s judgment on our behalf. Today, there is no more fiery judgment of God on us. The wages of sin is death, and Jesus took our death. He took our judgment, our punishment, on the cross.
  • The man walks out of the tabernacle with something he never had before: the lamb’s righteousness.
    Now, the man who brought the lamb looks at the altar, knowing that it should have been his death. Not only does he leave without his sins, but he also leaves with the lamb’s righteousness. Because he has the lamb’s righteousness, he has the blessing of God. He leaves as a free man, no longer a sinner. Today, because of Jesus’ finished work, we are like this man! Righteous and under God’s blessings.
  • In the eyes of God, you are now the righteousness of God in Christ. There’s no more judgment upon you; you can walk away confident that good things will happen to you because God is looking at you and treating you as the blameless Lamb of God (Prov. 10:6). Today, the light of God’s favor shines on you and His favor abounds towards you!
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Here's exactly what happened at the cross

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At the cross, Jesus took upon Himself all the divine punishment for the sins of mankind. That is why we can now walk under an open heaven of blessings instead of live in fear of judgment.

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  • An animation video of what happened to Jesus on the cross is played.
  • At the cross, Jesus absorbed every sin, condemnation, sickness, curse, and death. He received the full judgment of God for all our sins so that today, we would not walk under God’s judgment or the fear of His judgment, but we would walk under His open heaven of blessings and His promises.
  • Today, because of Jesus’s finished work, we are standing where the fire has already burned. We do not have to experience the fire, the judgment of God. You stand before God as Jesus is, righteous and blameless.
  • You can come to God boldly because Jesus Christ has taken away your sin. There is nothing disqualifying you from coming to God!  The divine exchange has taken place.
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Jesus is able and willing to set you free!

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Don’t doubt God’s willingness to heal you or answer your needs. He is both able and willing!

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Matt. 8:2–3

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  • An animation video of Jesus meeting the leper (Matt. 8) is played.
  • After Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, He met a leper who came to Him, asking if He was willing to heal him. People often doubt God’s willingness to heal, not His ability. Look at the Lord’s response to this leper and know that His response is the same to you today: He reached out to touch the leper and said, “I am willing, be cleansed” (Matt. 8:2–3).
  • Leprosy is a picture of sin. Under the law, sin is contagious. Under the law, if you touch a leper, you become unclean. 
  • But under grace, when Jesus touched the unclean, the unclean became clean! The leper is a picture of all of us—ridden with sin. Jesus came a long way to seek us out and reach us.
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This is the true meaning of Christianity

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Christianity isn’t a religion. It’s a relationship that God first initiated by giving His very best for you.

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Rom. 4:25, John 10:10

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship. Christianity isn’t about us doing and trying our best to be accepted by God, it’s about God giving His best for us. God came down to us, to our level, and declared His love for us by dying for our sins (Rom. 4:25).
  • Jesus was delivered to the cross because of our offenses against a holy God, and He was raised from the dead because we were declared righteous by God. Jesus’ resurrection means that today, we are acquitted. We are righteous.
  • Jesus was “raised up because of our being declared righteous” (Rom. 4:25 YLT). How do you know a prisoner has fulfilled his obligations to the law? When he has served his sentence and is released from jail. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He was “released from jail.”
  • The same body that carried your sins and bore your judgment rose from the dead without your sins. That means Jesus did a perfect work at the cross and God is completely satisfied with it!
  • Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can be sure that we have been declared righteous in Him. 
  • The only choice you have to make today is to believe in Jesus, and you shall be saved. You are not your own savior. He is your Savior.
  • Pastor Prince encourages us to continue coming to church to receive more and more of God’s abundant life. You’ll never leave church the same way you came in. The thief comes to steal but Jesus has come to give you life, and life more abundantly (John 10:10)!

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