Before Easter, There Was Calvary

Before Easter There was Calvary

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the greatest event in history. By raising His Son from the dead, God, the Father put an exclamation point behind His words, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Mt. 3:17)

By His resurrection from the dead, the Lord Jesus provides indisputable proof He is the One the prophets foretold and is Who He claimed to be, (John 10:33) and has total authority over all creation, as well as life and death.

“Because He lives,” as the old song says, “we can face tomorrow.”[1] His death fulfilled the Father’s righteous demands and our sin may be covered. His resurrected life makes forgiveness and eternal life available for all mankind.

His first followers began celebrating regularly on the first day of the week – the day of His resurrection. Since then, His followers continue to celebrate on Sunday and every day of our lives should be different because Jesus lives.

They were hiding behind a locked door in fear for their lives

When the risen Lord first appeared to His inner circle of followers they weren’t having a party. They were hiding behind a locked door in fear for their lives. But after they saw Him alive and well they came out of hiding and would willingly face death as they proclaimed His resurrection.

After seeing Jesus arrested, beaten, flogged, and crucified their fear was understandable. The process of dying by crucifixion was gruesome and horrific. When Peter heard Jesus speak of His suffering and death the thought was so terrible he blurted out, “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to You!”

This was and is the only plan of God for mankind’s salvation

Yet, this is exactly what happened. This is precisely what had to happen. This was and is the only plan of God for mankind’s salvation. It was not an afterthought. (Acts 2:23)

In the weeks leading up to Easter we will go “Back to Calvary” to see how God orchestrated Jesus’ death down to minute detail. We’ll look at some of the amazing prophecies written hundreds of years before His death. We’ll also see how the power of Jesus’ resurrection is at work in the lives of those who follow Him today.

How can we truly appreciate, much less celebrate Easter until we understand… Calvary?

God does some of His greatest work in the darkest times. How can we truly appreciate, much less celebrate Easter until we understand what God did for us on a hill called, Calvary?

Because of “Calvary’s Love,” I am

His,

 

 

 

[1] Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither. Because He Lives, Gaither Copyright Management, 1971.

About Mark Bordeaux 26 Articles
Mark left broadcasting in 1980 to obey God and lead the student ministry of a local church in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Since then, he and his wife Debbie have joined God in His work in ten churches located in five states as well as Mexico, Russia, and Ukraine. While on numerous trips to Russia and Ukraine he has taught pastors and church planters, as well as done ministry in a wide variety of ways through churches, orphanages, prisons, hospitals, universities, and with government leaders. He is a graduate of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. with languages) and a doctoral student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where his concentration is on church health and revitalization. Mark is married to Debbie who is a criminal defense paralegal. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Mark founded Life Worth Living Ministries, a non-profit (501c3) organization to facilitate his speaking, coaching, consulting, and mission work. He enjoys working out, training German Shepherds, and more than anything; time with his family.

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