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Today We Celebrate Calvary’s Love

Intro
The narration of the last song in the cantata, Victory Medley – gives us the theme for Easter – “Today We Celebrate Calvary’s Love.  Jesus Christ’s victor over darkness and victory over the grave.  Because He is alive we have hope!  We must never forget the amazing and profound words that came from the angel that day, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here! He is risen!”
                Calvary’s love is why I am a believer.  Let me explain – I believe because of Christ’s grace and love for me personally portrayed in His death and resurrection.
                Many of you saw the movie “The Passion of Christ” that came out in 2004 and were aghast by the details portrayed in Christ’s death.  The Passion left something out for me – the resurrection didn’t get the same emphasis.  The resurrection in the movie was kind of an after-thought and I know that the emphasis was to be on the passion / the suffering of Christ.  But that suffering means little to us if we don’t have the resurrection.  The Cantata “Calvary’s Love” does a great job in delivering the complete message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 24:1-8 (NIV)
1  On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3  but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5  In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7  'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" 8  Then they remembered his words.

 

Conclusion:
Lee Stobel tells about an interview with one of the greatest lawyers. 
Who would you guess is the most successful trial attorney in the entire world? (It’s not Perry Mason.) The Guinness Book of World Records says, "Most successful attorney: Sir Lionel Luckhoo, who succeeded in getting his 245th consecutive murder acquittal by January 1, 1985."

 

 

Sir Lionel Luckhoo was right. The evidence is overwhelming: early accounts plus empty tomb plus eyewitness testimony equals the certainty that Jesus Christ was indeed resurrected from the dead as the ultimate authentication of his claim to being the unique Son of God.

Look at every religious leader of history—Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed—they are all in the grave. But Jesus Christ isn't. His tomb is empty. Jesus Christ alone possessed the power to overcome the grave.

Who are you going to invest your hope in for eternal life? Who is it logical to invest your hope in? The evidence points convincingly to Jesus Christ having told the truth when he said in John 11  "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26  and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26 (NIV)

I’m not some famous lawyer with a bunch of legal skills; I am who I am because I have accepted Calvary’s Love – Christ suffered and died for me but that is not the end of the story He is also my resurrection and my  life and I believe.

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