Easter: The Critical Issue by Dan Hill

Easter: The Critical Issue
Dan Hill
John 3:16

Welcome to Easter at Spring Hills! We are so glad that you have come to celebrate with us!

Easter is, without question, the most critical event that has ever happened in all of history. It is the focal point of all history. Every time you write down your own birthdate or any other date, you are using the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the reference point. Every time you say ''2011'' you are making reference to ''2011 years from what?'' Well, 2011 years from this one single event! So today billions of people around the world will celebrate the reality that after 2011 years of critical examination and analysis…WE STILL HAVE AN EMPTY TOMB without any viable challenge at all.

Three ministers were talking one day about what they wanted said at their funerals. The first said that he wanted them to say, ''He put God first, others second and himself last.'' The second pastor said that he wanted them to say, ''He served his family and his church well.'' The third pastor hesitated and then finally said, ''I want them to say, 'Look, he's still moving.'''

We are here today because Jesus wouldn't stay dead, he moved! He moved out of the tomb and into our world. And he moved into our hearts and into our lives and into this very room we are in right now.
But the question is: Why did he do it?

The most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16: ''For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.''

The critical issue then is ''BELIEVING IN HIM.''

The latest Gallup Poll tells us that about 88 percent of all Americans say, ''I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe he was who he said he was.'' Does that mean that 88 percent of all Americans then are TRUE believers?

Let's let Jesus answer in his own words: Matthew 7:21 (CEV) Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in ...

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