The Elegance of Easter
Romans 3:23, 6:23
(Preachers - for maximum impact you will need a stop sign, a wheelchair and a coffin as on-stage props for this Easter sermon. In my experience, funeral homes have always been willing to lend me an inexpensive coffin for a Sunday service. These props will help make this message unforgettable. Your stop sign goes on one side of the stage. Your wheelchair is on the other side. Your coffin goes right in the middle - or in the middle of the floor beneath the stage.)
INTRODUCTION: The word elegant, in general, is an adjective meaning of fine quality. Refinement and simplicity are implied, rather than fussiness, or ostentation. An elegant solution, often referred to in relation to problems in disciplines such as mathematics, engineering, and programming, is one in which the maximum desired effect is achieved with the simplest effort. Engineers, for example, seek the elegant solution as a means of solving a problem with the least possible waste of materials and effort. The elegant solution is also likely to be accomplished with appropriate methods and materials - duct tape is not likely to be part of an elegant solution, unless, of course, the problem involves taping ducts.
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus was God’s elegant solution to an intransigent problem...YOUR problem and mine. The gospel is not good news because Jesus solves all your problems (plural). It is good news because Jesus solves your PROBLEM. This morning, let’s revisit the elegance of Easter.
I. JESUS LEVELS WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM
Luke 5:31-32 ‘‘Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’’’
Your problem is sin. Jesus said the reason he came was to call sinners to repentance. So, according to Jesus, your problem is sin. We sin when, in rebellion, we break the law of our creator God. I John 3:4 ‘‘Sin is lawlessness.’’ Outs ...
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