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Palm Sunday and Easter
by Monty Watson on March 30th, 2012

I knew I was overdue for an oil change. So when I saw the sign that offered an oil change for $20 in ten minutes, I pulled in. Two-and-a-half hours and $280 later, I drove away. That’s not how I wanted to start my day. But the time was not wasted. I had some work with me. So I sat in the tiny waiting room going through my notes for Easter.

This Sunday, we’re going to look at Isaiah 53 and why Jesus died for us. Then on Easter Sunday, we’re going to talk about why we should live for Him. Second Corinthians 5:14-15 is one of my favorite passages. “For the love of Christ compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all … that they who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” That’s Christianity. As I sat there waiting on my car, the thought keep rolling around in my head. “If it’s all true … if it’s all true.” Well, if it’s all true – that Jesus died on the cross for our sin and that He supernaturally rose again – then the passion Jesus had for us should compel us to live with passion for Him! That’s the message I want to talk about on Easter Sunday. The passion of Jesus should compel us. It should compel us to reject a casual, complacent Christianity. And instead, compel us to passionately pursue Christ, to boldly tell as many people as we can about Him, to humbly worship Him, to intimately love Him. If it’s true, then the passion Jesus had for us should compel us to live with passion for Him. I challenge you think about this. Are you living the casual life or the passionate life?

Both Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday will great times to invite your friends who are still thinking about faith issues. The gospel will be clearly presented and people will be lovingly led to an opportunity to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. So, please pray for friends and please pray over these two Sundays.


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Keith Tooley - April 2nd, 2012 at 9:56 AM
I am looking forward to hearing your Easter message. And I agree with the premise - those who have been found should seek the lost. That is what Jesus did in Luke 19:7-10 when he reached out to Zacchaes, the tax collector - "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost." That includes several of my neighbors. So I am compelled to go door-to-door tonight and invite my neighbors to the Easter service.
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