The Easter Story

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We take up the Easter story in Bethany where Jesus had raised His friend Lazarus, who had been dead for four days.

Large crowds were gathering to see Jesus and to see Lazarus.

Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem and He rode on a donkey, and the crowd came out to meet Him with palm branches.

In Zechariah chapter 9 verse 9 we read in Zechariah prophecies, “Rejoice greatly o daughter of  Jerusalem!  

Behold your King is coming to you.  

He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  The crowd were shouting “Hosanna!”  Which means, Lord, save!  “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

The crowd were praising Jesus, but a few days later they were shouting, “Crucify Him!” They were hoping that Jesus would be their king and save them from the Romans, but Jesus had not come to be an earthly king, His was a heavenly Kingdom.

Meanwhile the chief priests were plotting the death of Jesus. Judas one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, went to the chief priests, “What are you willing to give me, if I deliver Jesus to you?”

he said.  They gave him thirty pieces of silver.

It was the time of the Passover and the disciples asked Jesus where He wanted them to prepare the Passover meal.

When the Passover meal was ready, Jesus sat down with His disciples.  As they were eating Jesus said, “One of you shall betray Me.” They were very sorrowful, and each one said, “Lord, is it I?”  Jesus said, “he who dips his hand with Me in the dish will betray me.”

Then Judas said, “Rabbi, is it I? Jesus said, “you have said it.”

As Jesus took bread and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, He said, “Take eat, this is My Body.”  Then He took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it all of you, for this is My blood of the New Covenant which is shed for you, for the remission of sins.”

When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives, they went in to the garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus told His disciples to pray that they might not enter into temptation,

Jesus went a little further and knelt down and prayed.  saying, “If it is Your will take this cup away from Me, nevertheless, not My will but Yours be done.”

Then an angel appeared from heaven to strengthen Him, and being more in agony, He prayed more earnestly,

then His sweat became great drops of blood upon the ground.

Jesus, at this point was very near to death.  

Satan was making his last attempt to stop Jesus from going to the cross, but that’s what Jesus came to do.

He was giving up His life willingly for our sin.  When Jesus went back to His disciples, He found them asleep.  

“Could you not watch with Me one hour?”  He said. As Jesus was speaking Judas came with a multitude and Jesus was led away, and He was brought to the high priest’s house.

All the disciples had forsaken Jesus and ran for their lives.

But Peter went into the court yard, and warmed himself by the fire.

He was asked three times if he had been with Jesus, but each time he said that he did not know Jesus, and he began to curse and to swear.  Jesus turned and looked at Peter and Peter went out and wept bitterly.  

All of the disciples had let Jesus down at His hour of need.

False witnesses were found to testify against Jesus, but when accused, Jesus kept silent. Jesus could have justifiably defended Himself, but He was offering His life freely on our behalf, such was His love to us.

The soldiers spat in Jesus’ face, they beat Him, others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ!  Who is the one who struck you?”

Jesus was taken to Pontious Pilate. Again Jesus remained silent. Pilate felt that Jesus was innocent, and wanted to release Him, but he was afraid of the  Jews.

Pilate asked the crowd if they wanted him to release Barabbas to them or Jesus, they chose Barabbas who was a robber.  

Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him, and the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and rammed it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe, then they said, “Hail King of the Jews!”

And they struck Him with their hands.

The priest and officers shouted to Pilate “Crucify Him Crucify Him!” Pilate said, “You take Him, I find no fault in Him!”

Pilate tried his hardest to release Jesus, but the Jews cried out “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Then Pilate delivered Jesus to them to be crucified, and they led Him away to Golgotha where they crucified Him and two others, one either side of Him.

Passers by mocked Jesus saying, He trusted in God let Him deliver Him, for He  Him now, if He will have Him, for He said, “I Am the Son of God.” One of the thieves knew that he deserved the punishment he was getting, but he knew that Jesus had not done anything wrong.  

He said to Jesus, “Lord when you come into your Kingdom remember me.”  

Jesus said, “You will be with Me, in Paradise.”

All we have to do is to admit that we have sinned, put our trust in the Lord Jesus,

and receive Him as our Saviour and Lord, and we will have everlasting life.  Jesus hung on the cross for six hours, suffering excruciating pain, severe loss of blood and all His bones were out of joint. His appearance was marred more than any other man. He did all this for us that we might be saved from sin and death and Hell. What is our response to such love?

Jesus even experienced separation from His Father because He was bearing the sin of the world. Jesus forgave His enemies, and said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they  do.”  When Jesus gave up His life He cried out “It is finished!” Or literally one word, finished!  This was a triumphant cry, He had finished the work he had come to do.

When Jesus died the heavy curtain in the Temple that separated the Holy place from the Holy of Holies was torn in two from top to the bottom, all the priests who were ministering in the Temple could look straight into the Holy of Holies where the presence of God was, and they would not die.  When Jesus died He bridged the gap between us and God.  

If we have turned away from sin, confessed our sin, put our trust in Jesus and asked Him to be our Saviour and Lord, we can come straight to God, and know Him as our loving heavenly Father.  Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for the Body of Jesus. Nicodemus also came with 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes.  They wrapped Jesus’ body in Strips of linen, with the spices.

Joseph and Nicodemus were secret disciples, because they were both members of the Jewish high council and they feared the religous leaders. After the death of Jesus they both came out in the open, and took a firm stand.

Are you a secret disciple?

Do your friends, family and workmates know that you are a Christian?

Are you sharing the Good News about Jesus with others?

Very early on the Sunday morning Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb where Joseph had put Jesus.

There was a great earthquake, an Angel of the Lord had come down from heaven, and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.

His appearance was like lightning and His clothing as white as snow. The guards shook with fear, and became as dead men.

The Angel said to the women, “Do not  be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, He is not here for He has risen from the dead come and see the place where He was laid.

He is going before you into Galilee there you will see Him.”

The Angel did not roll away the stone to let Jesus out for He had already risen, but to let everyone see that He was not there. The women went from the tomb with fear and great joy.  

On the way Jesus met them and they worshipped Him.

Jesus told them to go and tell the others to go to Galilee and they would see Him there. This was not the end, Jesus appeared to them several times after that.

Read Luke Chapter 24 and John chapters 20 and 21.  There was a time when 500 saw Jesus at once.  There was no doubt that Jesus has risen from the dead.

The disciples were filled with great joy, Jesus was with them for forty days, and He took them to the Mount of Olives.

He told them not to leave Jerusalem until they had received the Holy Spirit, who He has promised to them. As Jesus was speaking to them He was suddenly taken up to heaven, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Jesus went back triumphantly to heaven where He belonged, and He is now King of kings and Lord of lords.

Jesus is alive today, and He lives by His Holy Spirit in the lives of all those who have repented and put their trust in Him.

At the feast of Pentecost the promised Holy Spirit came upon His disciples and

their lives were completely transformed, and they preached the Gospel and turned the world upside down.  

This was all because Jesus had risen from the dead.

When we are born again that same Power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us.

You can know the transforming Power of the Lord Jesus Christ in your life today if you receive Him as Lord and Saviour.

One day He is coming back again to take all those who have received Him as their Saviour to be with Him forever.

Will you be ready to meet Him?

It is clear that He is coming very soon.

Don’t hesitate, come to Him today, while there is still time, tomorrow might be too late!


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