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Easter Sunday
Miles McPherson - April 1, 2018

Message Recap

Lebron James recently broke one of Michael Jordan’s previous basketball records by scoring 10 or more points in 867 straight games. It would seem that at 33 years old, James would be nearing the end of his sports career, but the general consensus among commentators is that he’s playing the best basketball of his life. What would you be like at your very best?

When was Jesus at His best?

Jesus is one person of the triune eternal God and is active in the Bible not only in the Gospels but from Genesis 1:1 to the end. As you think about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection today, ask God to speak to you about your own life and be ready to write down whatever He tells you.

Was Jesus at His best during the creation of the world?

Jesus and the Holy Spirit were there with the Father when the world began.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” Genesis 1:26

Just think of the wonder and splendor of the universe, and of our planet with its beautiful animals, the majestic untouched wilderness, flowers, mountains, seas, and even our own species. God’s own words pronounced that it was all “good,” and it is pretty awesome!

Was Jesus at His best in the time of Moses?

God performed miracle after miracle in the Old Testament, leading the Jews out of Egypt with a pillar of fire and a cloud, and providing for them in the desert for forty years before leading them into the Promised Land.

Was Jesus at His best in the book of Daniel?

God saved Daniel in the lion’s den! He walked through a fiery furnace, as we see the presence of Jesus Himself as the fourth figure with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Daniel 3:25

Was Jesus at His best during His first 30 years of life?

The Bible says that the human Jesus grew in wisdom and was tempted in every way, yet was without sin. Thirty years without sin!

Was Jesus at His best during the last three years of His life?

In the years of His ministry, Jesus traveled on foot, teaching His disciples, healing the afflicted, destroying the works of the devil, revealing the kingdom of God, and even raising the dead. Surely these events were the pinnacle of His greatness!

Was Jesus at His best when He suffered and died?

Jesus accepted the will of the Father for Him to voluntarily lay down His life at the hands of sinners. If He had not been nailed to the cross, there would be no forgiveness of sin, no eternal life, and no Christianity.

Was Jesus at His best when He rose from the dead?

No other religious leader has ever risen from the dead. But after dying for our sins, Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to hundreds of people, giving us the hope of eternal life and modeling what would happen to us after death.

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

The angel’s reminder to the women is for us as well, “Do not be afraid!” God doesn’t want you to live in fear, but rather in confidence of your place with Him and trusting in His character. Jesus rose “just as he said,” so if he can keep THAT promise, He can keep all of His promises. Not only did He show that He loves us enough to die for us, but His resurrection proves that He is powerful enough to overcome death and deliver us from ANY bondage we face.

Was Jesus at His best when He forgave Peter?

After three years of discipleship, living at Jesus’ side, receiving first-hand training, and witnessing the amazing miracles Jesus performed, Peter still denied Jesus three times during His persecution because He was afraid. (And how many times have you denied Jesus by your attitude or your actions?)

Yet Jesus comes to Peter and has a meal with him in order to restore the relationship, provide forgiveness, and empower Peter to return to His place of leadership in ministry.

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
John 21:15-17

One could argue the superiority of many of Jesus’ actions throughout the Bible and beyond, but the Scripture says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Even still, you may find Jesus at His best when you cry out to Him in your darkest hour.

All of the teachings of Jesus, His actions, and His character are amazing, yet what good will it do you if you simply hear it or know it in your head, but never let its truth penetrate your life? Maybe you’ve turned your back on God for your whole life, broken your promises to Him, lived in contradiction to what you know to be true, or rejected His involvement. Yet He is there, waiting with open arms to welcome you.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Jesus may be at His best when He impacts YOUR life. Are you carrying a burden? He beckons you to come to Him.

When Jesus appeared to the disciples in the middle of a stormy sea walking on the water, Peter wanted to walk on the water too. Jesus did not tell Peter to first go to seminary, then memorize the whole Bible, stop smoking, have his tattoos removed, change His music, and fix up his life. He simply said “Come,” and this is the same message He gives to you! There is no other requirement but to believe.

It doesn’t take faith to come to church on Easter. What takes faith is stepping out of your comfort zone. Jesus did all that He did in order to give you the opportunity to step out of your old life into a new abundant life.

Is God calling you to more?

Will you trust Him today?

Will you give Him what you have in exchange for something much better?

Don’t just celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today; participate in the eternal life it represents, and let Him be at His best in you so that you can be at your best!

This Message

In this message, Pastor Miles reviews the history of Jesus' activity to determine when Jesus is at His best. Jesus did all that He did in order to give you the opportunity to step out of your old life into a new abundant life.

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