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Saturday, March 30, 2013

THE NEW JESUS AND THE NEW YOU

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The “New” Jesus and The “New” You
Resurrection Sunday
By Pastor Mark Taylor
March 31, 2013 

Resurrection Sunday is not just a day in the church calendar - not a celebration in and of itself.  The first resurrection morning was the beginning of something big and wonderful that has never ended and will not end.

Jesus died a real death.  There was a real tomb and a real stone to seal the tomb.  But thank God, there was also a real resurrection!!


Before His resurrection our Lord had chosen to be a servant.  After His resurrection He had become the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:16)  

Before His resurrection He had chose to die for our sins.  After His resurrection He would never die again.  "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hell and of Death. (Revelation 1:17-18)

Before His resurrection He suffered for you and me.  “Surely He has borne our griefs  And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”  (Isaiah 53:4-5).  After His resurrection He has promised that we will live with Him where there is no suffering.  "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." (Revelation 21:4-5).

The tomb was a place of weeping and sadness.  The Angel told the women who had come to weep over Jesus:  "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He is risen, just as He said.  Come and see the place where he was lying.  Then go quickly and tell His disciples:  "He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  there you will see Him.  (Matthew 28:5-7).  They were told to leave the tomb and go and then they would see Jesus.  We need to leave those things we fear and find our "New Lord"

Before the resurrection He came to serve you and me.  “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:28).  After the resurrection all those who love Him will get to serve Him.  “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us: If we believe not, yet He abides faithful: He cannot deny Himself. (2 Timothy 2:11-13).  We have a lot to look forward to by living a righteous life for Him and a life of good works in His name.

Just like the Lord was “new” after His resurrection, we are o be “a new creation” when the Lord gives us our “new birth”.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' (John 3:5-7).

The “New You” should not include the following characteristics. “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, (Colossians 3:8-9).  

The “New You” should include these characteristics: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (Colossians 3:12-13).

The “New You” has the ability and power from the Holy Spirit to overcome sin. 
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”   (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The “New You” has the ability to love others. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8).  “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:10-11). “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.
 God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16).  “We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” (1 John 4:19-21).

The “New You” will demonstrate your faith by your good works.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:10).  “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17).

This Resurrection Sunday is a time of becoming new and usable for the Lord.  I encourage you to ask God to help you become the “New You” you were chosen to become.