Salvation - Easter Sunday

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Sun, Apr 21, 2019

Teacher: Yale Wall Series: The Gospel Is For Everyone

APRIL 21, 2019

The Gospel is for Everyone

SALVATION

EASTER SUNDAY


Romans 10:9-10
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Acts 3:19
19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord

The opportunity and the outcome is the same: relationship with Jesus, but the experience is different.

 

 

THE DISCIPLES / APOSTLES

Matthew 4:18-20
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

Jesus draws them in, offers them a new life, and they drop everything and follow him.

We see start of relationship, change of direction, and commitment.

 

 

ZACCHAEUS

Luke 19:1-10
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Zacchaeus commits to give half of his stuff to the poor and also pay back 4 times the money to anyone he cheated.

We see start of relationship, change of direction, and commitment.

 

 

THE THIEF ON THE CROSS

Luke 23:39-43
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The second guy stands up for Jesus through saying that he’s done nothing wrong, he expresses his belief that Jesus is the messiah, and asks Jesus to remember him.

We see start of relationship, change of direction, and commitment.

 

 

SAUL / PAUL

Acts 9:1-8
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.

Saul is walking down the road between cities, and is blindsided by Jesus.  He them tells Saul to go to the house of a man names Ananias who shares the Gospel with him and Saul gets totally transformed by the Gospel - so much so that his name changes to Paul.

We see start of relationship, change of direction, and commitment.

 

 

WHAT DOES SALVATION LOOK LIKE FOR US?

The Easter story is the reason WHY salvation is available to us all:

Luke 24:1-8
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.

Because God loved you so much, He sent Jesus. Jesus came to pay the price for your sin, and he did that by dying on the cross, and defeating death on Easter! But ultimately, he wants the same thing he’s always wanted… You.

So, repent of your sins, 
confess that Jesus is lord, believe that God raised him from the dead, and meet Jesus personally!

 

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