1 John 4:10
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
The Testimony of Creation! (v. 33)
“And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.”
Why is darkness significant at the cross?
Because it reminds us that the whole world stands guilty before God.
Forgiveness is the only answer to the problem of sin—God’s forgiveness.
The Testimony of Redemption (v. 34-37)
“ ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’…And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.”
When Jesus said those words he had not come to a breaking point and lost his mind. Jesus still knew what he was talking about because he is quoting Psalm 22.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
The Testimony of Salvation (v. 37-39)
"And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’ ”
Because the cross is empty our sin debt is paid in full!
Three Proofs for the Resurrection
1. Jesus made numerous appearances after His death.
2. The growth of the Christian church and the lives of the Apostles after the resurrection are verifiable proof Jesus rose.
3. The most conclusive proof for the Resurrection is that Jesus lives within believers today, freeing them to live for the glory of God.
Why is the Resurrection necessary?
- The resurrection demonstrates that Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be.
- The resurrection is necessary for any of us to have life beyond the grave.
1 Corinthians 15:13-14
“But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:16-17
“For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”
What does the Resurrection really mean for you and me?
It means we have hope that this life matters and that life after death is real!
It means Jesus has done all that is needed for the forgiveness of sin, eternal life as a gift and Heaven as a home!
It means that God really does love us.
1 John 4:9
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”
“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”