2019 – SUNDAY 21 APRIL
EASTER – BELOW DECK
The Easter story is incomplete without mention of the period between the crucifixion and the resurrection.
Every part of God’s work of salvation was important to the finished work of Christ for all who believe.
HE DESCENDED INTO DEATH AND THE GRAVE
Jesus had to descend into the lowest reach of human existence.
He had reached ground zero.
HE PRESENTED HIMSELF TO ALL WHO WAITED IN HOPE
The throng of just men and women waiting in Paradise for the promised one – were amazed to see the Christ.
His presentation to the Old Testament saints – who had believed in hope – caused a huge cheer and jubilant celebration.
HE PREACHED SALVATION TO THOSE HELD CAPTIVE
The gospel of grace was preached so eloquently by the One who is the message.
HE TOOK THE KEYS OF DEATH AND THE GRAVE
Jesus stripped the devil of his powers and crushed him – making an open show of his humiliation.
He then stripped him of his authority on earth and took away the keys of death and the grave.
No longer is the grave our resting place – through Christ it is our transit terminal. We leave our earthly body and take on the incorruptible body for eternity.
HE SET PEOPLE FREE FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW
The curse of the law holds us captive to condemnation and judgement. Christ the Holy One set us free forever.
HE LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE
And then He arose – triumphant – leading a train of righteous people into their eternal rewards.
And relegating all who reject Christ the saviour – to eternal damnation forever.
STEVE PENNY MENTORING
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