Title: Amazing Love: Easter is a Story of Love
Scripture : Isaiah, Romans, Ephesians
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Source : Bible Society
Although sinless, Jesus Christ was crucified; He died as a sacrifice to make amends for the sins of humanity.
He was hated and rejected; his life was filled with sorrow and terrible suffering. No one wanted to look at him. We despised him and said, "He is a nobody!" He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God.
He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well. All of us were like sheep that had wandered off. We had each gone our own way, but the LORD gave him the punishment we deserved. He was painfully abused, but he did not complain. He was silent like a lamb being led to the butcher, as quiet as a sheep having its wool cut off.
He was condemned to death without a fair trial. Who could have imagined what would happen to him? His life was taken away because of the sinful things my people had done.
But death was not the end -- God raised Jesus to life!
God gave Jesus to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God.
By placing our faith in God, we can share Christ's risen life. He gives us new life and hope!
But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God's wonderful kindness is what saves you.
God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven.
You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God's gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn't something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That's why he sent Christ to make us what we are.
(Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-10)