Life in the Unknown

 
 
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Website Copy:There is SO much causing fear for people right now, join me this morning as I take some time to share how, as a Christian, you can have a different response…  Tune in for this family friendly, perfectly timed message Need prayer? visit my.oswegochristian.com/pray to post a request.Subscribe to our podcast on your phone to automatically have new messages downloaded weekly: in iTunes (https://my.oswegochristian.com/iTunes) or Android (https://my.oswegochristian.com/Google)

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MEMORIZE: Romans 8:37-39SCRIPTURE STUDY: Exodus 11, Matthew 27, Romans 8:31-39
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OPENING: One of my favorite things ever is to watch my kids do an Easter egg hunt, how many of you are going to still do an Easter egg hunt, honk your horns!  I love watching the kids hunt for their eggs. They don’t know I’ve already sneaked the best candy… :). The Passover – the yeast…It was a meal they called the passover – but it was to remind them of the night God saved them…
God had told them to make a meal – they would have bread without any yeast in it.  Actually, part of the fun of this celebration if you were a kid, was your parents would hide yeast in the house and you had to go find it all and get rid of it – you can do that in your activity sheet if you want to…
It was on Thursday night, just over 2,000 years ago.  Jesus and His buddies, were all gathered around a table, eating a meal that the Jewish people had been eating for about 1,400 years…

On that night in the land of Egypt, God had said that he was going to go through all of egypt and the firstborn child in every family would die.  This time He was the one on the hunt.  But on the doors of the Israelites, they were to smear blood on the top and the sides of the door frames.  If they did this, God would pass over their houses, this is how the passover got it’s name.  So, that night came.  The Israelites had eaten their meal, and were prepared to leave.  The spirit of God swept through Egypt and passed over the Israelites houses because of the blood on their door posts and the mantle of their house. 
and 1,400 years later, Jesus sat with His friends.  Eating that same meal…
The meal that reminded them of how God had saved them from the terror of death…This time no kids, only serious talk
And as they were eating, Jesus took the bread, the same kind of flat bread they would have eaten and he broke it.  He said, “this is my body broken for you…” and then He took the wine they were drinking and He said this is my blood poured out for you as a new agreement with God…
ILLUSTRATION: I wanted to say that Jenni and I are the type of people who love to take old furniture and repurpose it to make it look like something new –  but we aren’t – we are the type of people who like to buy furniture from people who take old furniture and make it new…
Jesus is like one of those people – like a master carpenter – He’s taking this celebration of passover and He is repurposing it.  He’s saying, this used to be to celebrate God freeing you from the Egyptians, now it will be a celebration of me freeing you from sin and life apart from God…
 It’s only Thursday, but that night, after they eat, they go out to the mount of Olives – Jesus is disturbed and He wants to pray – He asks His buddies to pray with Him…
ILLUSTRATION: Ladies, at Thanksgiving, you know how everyone is there for the eating and then they somehow disappear for the cleaning up?  You find them asleep in the chair with a football game on…  That’s what this is like…
Jesus is in deep, intense, intimate, life dependent prayer, and His buddies are all sleeping. 
You know the story, right, the soldiers will come to arrest him that nigh All night He will be on trial -no sleep, no rest -ravaged, whipped, beat, mocked -in front of one judge and then another and another…
Pilate, washing His hands of His blood Jesus is dragged away, His hands are nailed to the splintery wood His feet are pegged to one another and driven with a spike into the wood His head He wears a crown of thorns..
The sky goes dark around noon for 3 hours – it’s as if the whole world can’t bear to watch.. Around 3 in the afternoon on Friday a couple thousand years ago – Jesus breathed His last…
His body had been broken, His blood had been poured out… for the salvation of the world
And Just like the Israelites who were only saved because of the blood on their door posts, you and I find our salvation in His blood, dripping down the sides of that cross, pouring out from the wounds on His head…  It is the bloody cross that gives you and I freedom and salvation…
CLOSING: I know that for a lot of us, fear has become overwhelming.  You are afraid for your kids, for yourself, for your grandparents.  You are afraid to go out and dying staying in.  But I wanted to remind you of something today:
Listen to how Paul says it in Romans 8Romans 8:31-3931-39 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Nothing can get between us and God’s love
This week, when fear starts to show it’s head, I want you to remind yourself of this truthGod’s got you because God got youJesus’ final act of death on the cross guaranteed that your death doesn’t have to be your final act…
He has overcome death itself, it is why Christians of old could say this…
1 Thessalonians 4:13-1413 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
When you follow Jesus, you have a better hope… Today, we are going to sing a for a time of communion.  It’s my prayer that this week, you will remind each other that God’s got you because God got you…
It is this moment that reminds us – our hope is in the resurrected Christ!

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