There was some great singing--I even was able to sing the high part in a gospel quartet! That was fun. We also and 2 baby dedications! Only one was expected--the other showed up that morning and said--"can we do that too?" I pray that was a blessing to everyone.
Of course, following the service we enjoyed a great lunch over at friends house--Gene & Jean Fields. Thanks for welcoming us into your home.
It was a full service--but we still made sure the Word of God was shared. Here's the message--minus the on the spot stuff.
The Choice of the Lamb
When Jesus lived, lambs were a central part of the spiritual life of
One of the Lingering problems they had in their worship was bringing animals that met God’s Standard—God has a higher standard than the Food & Drug Administration.
They Had a History of being Lax in their standards
Malachi 1:13-14--"When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?" says the LORD. Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king," says the LORD Almighty, "and my name is to be feared among the nations.
Friday morning, the Perfect Lamb stood before them—one whom John the Baptist had declared—“Look! the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World!” (John 1:29) Next to that Perfect Lamb stood one who had been leading a rebellion, one who had committed murder.
READMark 15 :6-11
What they rejected as unworthy and unreasonable, God accepted as Holy and Essential
Jesus died while the entire nation of
Jesus was Rejected by the people, but those words Matthew 28:5-6—“He is not Here, He is Risen!” Proves that Jesus was Accepted by God. If Jesus was not acceptable to God—if He was not a spotless, sinless lamb—He would not have been raised from the dead.
"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!"
The resurrection made the difference. There’s a sense that the rules all changed with the resurrection. Never again would the life of the disciples, the world be the same.
It’s Easter that made the difference! The Resurrection is God’s Stamp of Approval. It is the Promise of Victory—because if Jesus has been raised, the Promise that we will also be raised is assured. Jesus Came Out Alive!!!
Barabbas was one the people wanted instead of Jesus—in many ways He represents all of fallen humanity—the first 2 recorded sins in the Bible are Rebellion and Murder. And just as the crowd stood that day with a decision—did they want Jesus or Barabbas—you must answer the same question—do you want Jesus and the Victory He brings or do you want to continue to live in the old life of sin and death.