Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon:John 20:1-10
We are celebrating an Easter unlike any in the history of the Church. However, it is this very moment in history that God uses to vividly illustrate the true condition of our souls and the true victory that Jesus has won for us. We often think of sin as actions and thoughts. The Bible describes it more as an incurable disease with behavioral, emotional, and willful symptoms. Managing symptoms of sin by trying to be less spiteful or more kind is only temporary and never impacts the disease that lurks within. It is like having the flu and taking a pill for a fever, or cough syrup for a cough, or pulling up a blanket for a chill. The virus is what needs to be eradicated. With sin, Jesus is the only cure. He does not have the disease. You couldn’t give it to him if you tried. On his cross Jesus chose to become the super-host for the Sin Virus of the whole world. He absorbed it in his flesh, becoming it in place of us. And he paid the full penalty for it. We can either turn to him, receive him into our lives, and thereby be made whole or go it alone with a fatal disease. The choice is ours.
- Do you see any differences between “We experience this Easter in the midst of a horrible pandemic – one that has altered our way of life” and “We are experiencing this pandemic in the midst of a glorious Easter – intended by God to change our lives forever.”? How so?
- What is the difference between seeing sin as actions, thoughts and desires and seeing it as an incurable disease?
- How is Jesus the remedy for our sin? How did he become the super-host for the “virus” of the whole world?
- If you had millions of doses of a newly discovered vaccine for the Coronavirus and could make it available to the world, would you offer it to all or would you just make sure that your immediate family received it? Why?
- If every woman, man, and child has the eternally fatal “sin virus” that always ends in death and every Christ follower knows that Jesus is the only cure, why so you suppose that we are so hesitant to tell people?
- Who has God put on your heart to tell about Jesus, the only cure for the worst disease ever?
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The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.