Good evening, everyone! Happy Easter! He is risen! Thank you, Jesus for dying on the cross and rising again with all power in your hands! Through Him we have salvation and we are reconciled back to God as his sons and daughters. Grasp this truth and believe it by faith.
That’s what today’s Sermon Snack is all about. Pastor Josh preached up a storm today. Here are the highlights from the first service.
The plan of the gospel is to change us. It is the power of God unto salvation for those who believe. What Jesus did was sufficient for us. Hell is the separation of God with no hope of coming to him. But God had a plan. We were born of Adam’s seed. He and Eve fell and they listened to the voice of the serpent. He tempted them to doubt God. None of us got it right until we met Jesus. The message is about Jesus and what he did for us. It was in God’s heart to bring us back to him. The resurrection from the grave was the crushing of Satan’s head.
“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ— He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.”
Acts 10:34-45 NKJV
The gospel saves people and transforms their lives. Peter made the gospel simple. Whoever believes in His name, their sins will be forgiven. Jesus came looking for us. God is a “there you are” God. He looked for Adam and Eve after they fell. God is all about finding the lost. He found us and saved us and sent us to save the lost.
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
Hebrews 2:10, 14-15 NKJV
He’s the captain of our salvation. He became the strategy. We now go out in every way we can to tell others about Jesus. Jesus came and destroyed the devil. God is a consuming fire and he will fight for you if you surrender your life to him. Children are born with a want to serve and protect. Jesus came to destroy death, set us free, and enable us to help others. Jesus conquered the grave and the same power that raised him from the dead now lives in us and can transform the way we live, think, and love. Because he won, we win. If His death brought us life, how much more will his life give us? We’ve been so damaged by love and the brokenness of homes. Jesus is telling us that he prepared a place for us. The Holy Spirit gives us confidence in the fact that God is our good father and we can trust him. Respond to the gospel with faith.
“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.”
John 14:19 NKJV
Jesus in us is the hope of glory. Surrender to his spirit.