Easter 2016 was and is much more than Bunnies & Eggs to the fellowship of Calvary Lakeway. It is a Celebration of Paradoxes (a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true). Remembering first off God's ways are not our ways; and might I add Thank God for that. So let me explain.....
The Cross of Christ is the greatest of all paradoxes.
It was the most tragic event in the history of the world, yet the most wonderful thing that ever happened.
It was the saddest spectacle man ever beheld, yet it was the most stunning defeat Satan ever suffered and the most glorious victory Christ ever won. He won by losing. He conquered by surrendering.
The Cross was the greatest exhibition of divine justice in condemning sin, yet the most wonderful demonstration of divine mercy in pardoning sin.
It was God's greatest manifestation of hatred for sin, yet His supreme proof of love for the sinner. The Cross was the means by which God's justice condemned sin, and His mercy forgave it.
The Cross was the darkest hour in history, yet it was the time of greatest light. Though the sun refused to shine and God hid His face from Christ, the Cross was the means by which Christ really became 'the light of the world' (John 8:12).
In the Cross we see man's hatred for Christ, yet we see Christ's love for man.
There we see human vengeance as they cry for His blood, yet we see divine forgiveness as Jesus prays, 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do' (Luke 23:34).
The Cross portrays man's sinfulness and God's holiness; human weakness and divine strength.
It demonstrates man's inability to save himself, and God's ability and power to do this for him.
The Cross, from the human standpoint, it foolishness; yet it is a revelation of the highest wisdom of God. 'For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God'-1 Corinthians 1:18
And yet the Greatest Paradox of all is the fact that we celebrate the "LOUDEST"...
Jesus Christ, The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, The Alpha and Omega/The Begining and The End, The Savior of mankind; came to this world gave his life a ransom for many by "Dying" on a cross, yet "Lives" for evermore to be an advocate between God and man.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15 :3-7
We serve a "Risen Savior" "He Lives"! And this is why we celebrate!
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w/Love Pastor Steve