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Easter: God's Love for you through the Cross Show Notes

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Could you turn your child over to torturous murderers in order to save the lives of others? This very act of love actually happened … and it happened for you. Yes, there is someone who loves you that much. View this insightful program to understand what Jesus went through at crucifixion. If you have never known love before, you will surely experience it after this program. And you will be offered the opportunity to make peace with God.

Segment 1 - God's love for you through the cross

  1. The Crucifixion
    Death by crucifixion was the most cruel, hideous, and disgraceful ways of torture. Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian, who witnessed many crucifixions called them, "the most wretched deaths." Even the Romans pitied the victims.
  2. After the trials, the accused was tied to a post and stripped of his clothes and then whipped.
  3. Whip was called a flagrum. It had a sturdy handle and attached were long leather thongs of different lengths. Woven in the ends of the thongs were sharp pieces of bone and metal.
    Jewish law was 40 lashes
    Romans had no such law

    Medical – Dr. C. Truman Davis, a medical doctor who has meticulously studied crucifixion said this: "The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across (a person's) shoulders, back and legs. At first the heavy thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, producing first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles. The small balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises which are broken open by subsequent blows. Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. When it is determined by the centurion in the charge that the prisoner is near death, the beating is finally stopped."
  4. Crown of thorns, they beat him, spit on him, mocked him
  5. Crossbar – Weighed about 110 pounds and was strapped to the victim's shoulders on his raw flesh after he had been horribly crucified.
  6. Hung on the Cross to die.
    The Nails –
    Many films have shown Jesus' nail scars in His wrists; however, I believe that they were actually in the palm of his hands. Although it doesn't make any difference for our eternal salvation, I think the movies and "experts" are entitled to their opinions, just as I am to mine. For me, the Bible trumps all.

    A few Scriptures:
    Luke 24: (Jesus speaking to the disciples) Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself!"
    John 20:27 Jesus said to the disciples, "Peace be with you!" Jesus speaking to Thomas "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
    Isaiah 29:16   "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands."
    Jesus didn't say, look at my wrists. Nor did God say in Isaiah, I have engraved you in the wrist of my forearms.
  7. Certified Death – Before Jesus could be removed from the cross, Pilate required FOUR executioners to certify that He was dead.

Segment 2 – The Front Door

Imagine standing with your innocent child inside your home at your front door. On the other side of that door is a mob of angry, torturous murderers. Could you send your child out of the front door into that mob to be beaten, spit on, ridiculed, whipped with sharp objects and left to die? God had that moment. Jesus was willing to step out of the front door of Heaven onto earth to withstand that sure death because of His deep love for the world. That is love. That's pure love.

The only place Jesus cried out loud. In Luke 19:41, it describes Jesus weeping looking over unrepentant Jerusalem. The Greek verb for wept in this context is Klaio. It means to show a loud expression of grief such as crying, wailing, or weeping. Jesus was so heartbroken over all the people who were rejecting Him as Savior that he wholeheartedly cried out. This is actually the only moment in the Bible that Jesus showed a loud expression of grief. Nothing moves Him more than the salvation of people.

Prayer – That is love. God is so willing and ready with His arms open wide right now. Every moment is a moment for a new beginning. If you desire to have peace with God, pray this simple prayer.

"Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open my heart to you now. Come and be the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank you for rising from the grave, forgiving my sins, and giving me eternal life with you. Amen."

Let us know of your decision as you begin a wonderful new life with God!

Segment 4 – The Resurrection

Although we didn't get into a lot of details about the resurrection, the entire Christian faith rests on this important fact! According to D. James Kennedy,

"The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ has been examined more carefully than the evidence for any other fact in history!"

After Jesus resurrection, He appeared to people multiple times! He appeared:

  • to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18);
  • to the other woman (Matthew 28:1-10);
  • to Peter (1 Corinthians 15:5);
  • to 2 men on Emmaus Road (Luke 24:13-27);
  • to 10 of the disciples (John 20:19-24);
  • to 11 of the disciples (John 20:26-29), again;
  • to 7 disciples (John 21:1-23);
  • to 500 followers (1 Corinthians 15:6);
  • to James (1 Corinthians 15:7);
  • to all disciples at Ascension (Acts 1:3-11);
  • to Paul (1 Corinthians 15:8) ; and
  • to John (Revelation 1:9-18).

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