Easter Sunday 2017:
Amazed by the Resurrection
April 16, 2017
Pastor David Cassidy
When Jesus went to the cross, he didn’t go as a victim. He went as your champion. He went as your representative. He took all of our sins and all of our lives, and he carried them on his shoulders to the cross. When they nailed him up, they nailed up with him all of our sorrow, and all of our shame, and all of our fear, and all of our doubts. That’s why, when he hung in the cross, he looked down at the people who were gathered there – and down through the corridors of time to you and me, right here this morning – and said “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
Jesus saw you, and he saw me, and he knew what our deepest need was. Our deepest need isn’t physical healing. It isn’t a new job. It isn’t even a better spouse. Our deepest need is the forgiveness of sins. And my friends, that’s given to us this morning because our champion, on the cross, gave his life in our place.
That means, this morning, you can come and worship him and give him glory. You can bow before him. Because Christ has lived and died for you. And if you put your trust in him – when he comes back, he will come back for you. And when you die, you’re with him. That, my friends, is the best news you’ll ever hear.