Pastors Pen
We concluded our seven-part sermon series of the “I Am” Statements of Jesus on Resurrection Sunday 2022. One of the themes from this series was Jesus unequivocally stating that He Was, and Is, God. The “I Am” statements angered many of the religious leaders and people in that day because they knew Jesus was stating that He Was The “I AM” that spoke to Moses.
When we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we not only celebrate the fact that Jesus conquered sin AND death on our behalf, but we also celebrate the fact that the Word of God, the Bible, can be trusted. We were told when, where, and how the promised Messiah will arrive. We were also told the mission of the Messiah and how He would give His pure life for our sinful one. All of that happened exactly how the Bible said it would. In fact, many times we read “so that the scriptures would be fulfilled” or “according to the Scriptures”.
What this means for us today, is that no matter how much the Bible is maligned, attacked, or ridiculed, we know that the Bible is THE truth. In John 14:2-3, Jesus tells us, “In my Father’s house there are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” This means that, without a doubt, we can trust and count on the fulfillment of this promise! So, how can we know it is guaranteed?
  1. Jesus used the Truth of the Old Testament to teach the disciples, on the road to Emmaus, about himself.
  2. Jesus told the disciples many times that He was going to be handed over to sinful men and be crucified as payment for a sin debt that humanity could not pay for. He did just that.
  3. Jesus said that He would take His life back and rise from the dead. He did it!
  4. We witnessed a mini resurrection of the saints on the day that Jesus rose from the grave. See Matthew 27:45-54. Rest assured, Jesus is trustworthy. We know Jesus’ track record, so to speak, which means that we can, beyond any doubt, count on His return!
Pastor Steve