After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” —Matthew 28:1-6
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. —John 3:16
• Requires faith but is based on truth.
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. —Luke 4:14
He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. —Luke 4:15
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, —Luke 4:16
and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, —Luke 4:18
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. —Luke 4:20
He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” —Luke 4:21
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.
“Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.
Christianity requires faith but is based on truth.
• Is not based on what I can do, but what was done for me.
The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of deep sorrows who was no stranger to suffering and grief. We hid our faces from him in disgust and considered him a nobody, not worthy of respect. Yet he was the one who carried our sicknesses and endured the torment of our sufferings. We viewed him as one who was being punished for something he himself had done, as one who was struck down by God and brought low. But it was because of our rebellious deeds that he was pierced and because of our sins that he was crushed. He endured the punishment that made us completely whole and in his wounding we found our healing. Like wayward sheep, we have all wandered astray. Each of us has turned from God’s paths and chosen our own way; even so, Yahweh laid the guilt of our every sin upon him. —Isaiah 53:3-6 (TPT)
• Is an invitation for everyone.
Christianity is an invitation for everyone.
Lord Jesus, I accept You as my Savior. I am so grateful that You are able and willing to forgive me of all of my sins. I confess that You are the Son of God and at this moment, I give my whole life to You. Thank you for allowing me to become a Christian and live
with You forever. Amen