It’s Saturday, and Sunday’s coming. You should too. Come Sunday. Come to church. See what’s going on. Because Easter. Resurrection. Consider coming because God loves you and sent his son Jesus, who let himself be killed on Friday all for the great reveal Sunday…
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”
But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”
7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”
Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3 that God loved the world – you and me and everyone else – so much that he sent his son Jesus to save the world through him. All we need to do is receive Jesus and his gift for us and we will be saved. From what? From ourselves and our troubles and our sin and our guilt and our hopelessness.
Jesus died for us. Willingly, I might add. Even the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, who thought he was calling the shots, was put in his place by Jesus, who said that Pilate could not determine Jesus’ fate if that power wasn’t granted from on high. God was calling the shots on Good Friday. Jesus was willingly going to the cross.
Because even though we don’t seem to care about God in our world and in our lives, living for ourselves and our plans and our families and careers and our entertainment, God still wants a relationship with us. He is chasing after us and wants us to turn toward him and his open arms. How open?
Jesus’ arms were spread wide on that cross for you and me. Jesus died for us.
The good news is that the story didn’t end there. In fact, Jesus predicted at the beginning of his public ministry that if they killed him he would rise again three days later. And so tomorrow is the big day…
Will he rise? What will happen at the great reveal?
We know the story. It would be difficult for anyone in western society to not know that we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead tomorrow. And so I think you should come. Come to see the great reveal. Come to see what the excitement is about.
Yes, you can meet Jesus in your jammies at home… he is everywhere all the time. Yet tomorrow, we gather to celebrate together and to respond to the God who loved us that much. That much.
Will you come?