Message: “That’s Not Fair” – EASTER - Pastor Mike Zizolfo

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

 

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DEVOTIONAL:

Put yourself in the place of someone who’s never heard the Easter story. How would it feel to suddenly

know this life isn’t all there is – it’s just a moment in light of eternity? How would it feel to know that

death isn’t the end, but instead, just the beginning?

Hebrews 2:14 tells us, “Since we, God’s children, are human beings—made of flesh and blood—he

became flesh and blood too by being born in human form; for only as a human being could he die and in

dying break the power of the devil who had the power of death.” The Message translates that last phrase

as Jesus “freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.”

How many people do you know who are “scared to death of death?”

But here’s the hope of the Resurrection story. Jesus, who became fully man while remaining wholly God,

broke through the barrier between life and death when He rose from the dead. His victory frees us from

the bondage of our sin and condemnation and allows us to have victory over the grave.

That victory over the grave means Jesus is not only the answer to death but the answer to life.

And, He not only takes away our fear of death, but He also takes away our fear of life.  

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom

shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

That is the story of Easter: “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart

that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”


REFLECTION:

1. If God truly is a God of love, why does He allow hardships and trials in our lives?

2. Have there been times in your life where you felt God was treating you unfairly? How did you

work through those emotions? Have you gotten past it?

3. If life is unfair for everyone, doesn’t that make it fair?

4. “To some, the image of a pale body glimmering on a dark night whispers of defeat. What good is

a God who does not control his Son’s suffering? But another sound can be heard: the shout of a

God crying out to human beings, ‘I LOVE YOU.’ Love was compressed for all history in that

lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue

mission, but chose not to—because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of

justice. Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God’s scheme ultimately leads back to

the cross.” Philip Yancey (Where Is God When It Hurts?) While life may not be fair, God is

always just. Discuss.

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