The S7GNS:  The Great Easter Exchange!

 

Scripture Lesson for the Day:  John 11:17-53, NLT

What is the best trade you have ever made?

The Great Easter Exchange points to…

  • The promise of God!

“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?’” (John 11:25-26, NLT)

Do you really believe the promises of God when it comes to your inevitable death?

“Christ has given us the promise of eternal life” (1 John 2:25, GW).

  • The compassion of God!

“When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.  ‘Where have you put him?’  he asked them.  They told him, ‘Lord, come and see.’  Then Jesus wept” (John 11:33-35, NLT).

What is your perception of God when tragedies invade your life?

  • The power of God!

“So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, ‘Lord, your dear friend is very sick.’  But when Jesus heard about it he said, ‘Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this’” (John 11:3-4, NLT).

“Jesus said to her, ‘Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see God’s glory?’  So the stone was moved away from the entrance of the tomb.  Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you for hearing me.  I’ve known that you always hear me. However, I’ve said this so that the crowd standing around me will believe that you sent me.’  After Jesus had said this, he shouted as loudly as he could, ‘Lazarus, come out!’  The dead man came out. Strips of cloth were wound around his feet and hands, and his face was wrapped with a handkerchief. Jesus told them, ‘Free Lazarus, and let him go’” (John 11:40-44, GW).

How can sickness and death bring glory to God and His Son, Jesus Christ?

  • The sacrifice of God!

“Caiaphas, who was high priest at that time, said, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about!  You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.’  He did not say this on his own; as high priest at that time he was led to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation.  And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world.  So from that time on, the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus’ death” (John 11:49-53, NLT).

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.  This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (1 John 4:9-10, NLT).

Have you participated in the “Great Easter Exchange?”

The Closing Challenge:  Easter is all about the great exchange!  Forgiveness instead of guilt!  Eternal death exchanged for eternal life!  His life for yours!  Have you heard Him call your name and invite you to exchange a life characterized by death for one that is true life both now and in the hereafter?

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