Conversation Starter …
What would you have done if you were alive during this time? Would you have stood up for Jesus and defended Him, or would you have remained silent? Would you have believed the women and run to the tomb like Peter, or would you have agreed with the others? It’s easy to think we’d do the right thing, but do your words and actions defend Him today?
Jesus died and rose again, and He is alive. That is a truth worth celebrating and sharing with everyone you know.
The More You Know …
In today’s culture, sacrifice is an often misconstrued concept. We live in an entitled society where true sacrifice is seldom seen. Genuine sacrifice is the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.
When God sent His only Son to die on a cross, taking the punishment we deserve, He displayed the ultimate example of mercy in sacrifice (John 3:16). Jesus chose to die as an act of obedience to His Father. He willingly gave up His life, so we can have eternal life. Jesus, completely innocent and undeserving of death, took our punishment upon Himself. That is mercy in sacrifice! God designed a plan to satisfy His justice, yet it also allowed Him to demonstrate mercy in sacrifice. Christ’s crucifixion must be viewed as both a loving and merciful act. Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, offered His life in order to spare ours (Revelation 13:8b).
Through Christ’s death on the cross, sinners are declared righteous, justice punished sin, and mercy rescued sinners. We are no longer bound by chains to the wages of our sins (Romans 6:23). Through our Savior’s mercy in sacrifice, freedom prevails for all.