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EASTER - The Only Explanation of Christianity (32 of 34)
Series: Jesus, the One and Only
Have you ever stopped to consider how very strange it is that we are gathered here today? There are hundreds of people gathered in right here in North Alabama for the express purpose of worshipping a Jewish Carpenter that died under Roman law 2000 years ago at the age of 33.
• Well Pastor he taught great things - So did Moses, but we don't worship Moses.
• Well Pastor Jesus did great miracles - So did Elijah, but we don't worship Elijah. - we don't sing, "What a friend we have in Elijah" or "Moses what a friend of sinners"
• Well Pastor Jesus claimed to be the Messiah - At least 29 others have claimed to be the Jewish Messiah.
It is an amazing thing that we worship Jesus if you think about it - especially when you take a brief look at the followers of Jesus in the days following his death.
They had basically resigned to their former way of life - the shepherd had been struck and the sheep has scattered. You can't blame them can you?
You see these people were looking for a Messiah to come and over through Rome, redeem Israel and establish a kingdom where Justice would prevail. They expected him to rule on the throne of David! But he didn't ascend to a crown but a cross!
When Jesus cried, "It is finished" in their mind those were the famous last words of the man and the end of the mission.
*But in just three days these Men and Woman went from hopeless despondency to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus at threat of death - refusing to be quieted.
How do you explain the dramatic change in these men?
Let's look at the story -
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus went to Pilate and claimed the body of Jesus.
John 19:40 (NASB95)
40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
Now these two men had no doubt been secret disc ...
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