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David Pawson - Resurrection - Heart of the Christian Faith Pt1 

Thoughtful Thoughts 18 April 2019

Easter – The Heart of the Christian Faith; Part 1

As David Pawson’s message covers the resurrection, I’m discussing the death of our Lord, briefly.

We are pushing the “pause” button on our series “Unlocking The Bible” for this week and next, as it is Easter, or I like to think of it, “Passover”.

The passover ram was sacrificed at the same time Jesus died. The timing was not co-incidental but was all by God’s command. As Jews remembered their exodus from slavery, it was symbolic of what Jesus would do for us. Just as the killing of the ram remembered their rescue from Egypt, so the death of Jesus Christ enabled us to be rescued from our kind of slavery, which is sin, about which Paul said “ The wages of sin is death. This is our opportunity to get right with God. He shows us His love now, for as St Paul said “while we are sinners, Christ died for us”; (Galations 5:8). By getting our hearts right with God, we will find a love for others we didn’t have before. The story we remember at Easter/Passover time is to enable us to get right with God, and by being forgiven, we find we can forgive others. The love of God is shown to us through Christ Jesus, which enables us to respond so all that can happen. 

Billy Graham usually had the hymn after his appeals of “Just as I am, without one plea”, and we will add that link at the end as a devotional.

There’s a way back to God, from the dark paths of sin.

There’s a door that is open and you may go in.

At Calvary’s cross is where you begin.

When you come as a sinner – to J…E…S…U…S !

Next week we look at David’s message on what the resurrection of Jesus meant…including our resurrection. Meantime, here is a Good Friday devotional song for your contemplation…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuNFAB4mTn8

I’m John Dunning and that’s “Thoughtful Thoughts” for another week.

PS You might be interested to know that David has had a successful operation for cancer. He has stopped preaching but still writes.

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