THE DARKEST DAY - THE BRIGHTEST DAY IN HISTORY
JESUS CHRIST emerged from the stone grotto that served
as His temporary tomb to announce: "I am He who was dead and
am alive, and because I live you shall live also."
The best news the world ever heard came from a graveyard
just outside Jerusalem --- HE IS RISEN!
The Lion of Judah had conquered sin.
The Lamb of God had vanquished death.
The King of Glory now ruled over the grave.
Jesus Christ played by the same rules of life He imposes on
you. He kept His own rules and played fair. He demands nothing of
you He did not demand of Himself. He Himself went through the
whole human experience.
He knew the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping
restrictions of hard work and lack of money. He experientially knew
the horrors of pain and humiliation, despair, and death.
He was born in poverty and died in disgrace --- and
considered it all worthwhile. Why? Dr. Luke tells us:
"Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to
suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance
and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all
nations, beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24:46, 47).
The reason why is further explained in Acts 20: 28,
"...the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
Look carefully. Observe what was purchased, "the church."
The church is purchased with what? "...with His own blood." Who
did it? Whose blood? Again look at the text. The church was
purchased by God with His own blood.
This and numerous other texts teaches us Christ was God.
I. THE RUTHLESSNESS
The suffering is overlooked by those who say Christ
swooned on the cross, fainted, and was revived three days later.
Those who profess that know nothing of crucifixion.
Contemporary respected members of the medical
community have studied crucifixion and concluded t ...
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