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Why Easter Matters {Week 2} ~ What the crucifixion means for us

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Welcome back friends to week 2 of our 4 part #WhyEasterMatters study here at Good Morning Girls! We are so glad you are joining us! Last week we discussed why the Last Supper matters and saw how Jesus modeled for us the importance of being humble, serving others and remembering the amazing ways God has delivered us in the past.

This week we are focusing on: Why the Crucifixion Matters. In today’s video I highlight 3 points (of MANY) we need to keep in mind when discussing our Lord’s crucifixion and why it matters.

1. We are ALL sinners

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way…”- Isaiah 53:6 (NIV)

We are all in need of forgiveness, mercy and grace. No matter how hard we try, we can NOT earn our way to heaven. Our “good works” are like filthy rags compared to God’s holiness. (Isaiah 64:6)

2. We can have peace with God because of Christ’s shed blood on the cross

Jesus died in my place….in your place. I NEVER want that truth to ever be taken for granted. My sins put Him on the cross and I want that realization to daily rock my world. I want to love, forgive and extend grace extravagantly because of the price my sweet Jesus paid on my behalf.  Jesus suffered what was meant for me.

By shedding His blood on the cross, Jesus took the punishment we deserve and offered us His righteousness. When we trust Christ for our salvation, essentially we are making a trade. By faith, we trade our sin and its accompanying death penalty for His righteousness and life.- Chuck Swindoll

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3. We are loved

I know we’ve all heard the saying,

“It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus on the cross, but His love.”

As women, I know we love watching movies where the hero of the story rescues the girl and saves the day from the evil villain and if we’re honest,  as we watch these movies our hearts secretly wish we had someone in our lives who would love us like that. What we don’t realize is that we already do, Jesus. He has already fought the mighty battle for our souls by going to the cross and dying in our place.

Honestly, I don’t think our minds can comprehend what Christ truly went through on the cross, not just physically but spiritually as well. We don’t know what it feels like to be separated from God and bearing the weight of the world’s sins for all time. Past. Present. Future.

For those of us who have accepted God’s free gift of salvation and have asked Jesus to take control of our lives and come into our hearts….our eternities were forever changed by what Christ did on that old rugged cross. Instead of a future of hell, Jesus laid down His life and now we have a future of heaven to look forward to. No matter how hard life gets, because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have a glorious future to look forward to.

Week 2: Video

{If you’re unable to see this video, you can view it here.}

 

Love God Greatly!
Angela- Good Morning Girls

 

 

 

Week 2: Challenge:

Because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we are no longer slaves to the sins in our lives that so easily entangle us. We now can have God’s forgiveness of our sins, embrace the grace He extends and look forward to our hope of heaven. Despite what is going on around us in this world, we have a bright future to look forward to when we get to heaven. This week focus on what Christ’s crucifixion means to you and how you are going to honor Jesus with the new life, the second chance,  you have been given. Write it out and share it with your group or a friend.

Week 2: Memory Verse
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Week 2: Reading Plan
Week 2 Reading Plan

Previous weeks:

Week 1: Why the Last Supper Matters
Monday: Nothing But the Blood…
Wednesday: When You’re Just Plain Tired of the Sacrifice…
Friday: Why the Last Supper Matters

 

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  1. could you please explain Luke 23: 30-31

    • Emily Dixon says:

      As Jesus is being led to his death he says to those mourning him that they should not mourn him, but themselves. The wish to be covered with the hills comes from Hosea 10:8. It speaks again of a time Israel had grown fruitful and turned from God and worshiped their own idols. As God rebuked them, they were ashamed, wishing they could be covered with hills, to hide in death with their shame. Now as Jesus is being sacrificed, it is because of our sin, not his. Like the Isrealites before, “Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt.” (Hos. 10:). I hope this helps. I too didn’t understand that passage when reading it. Thanks for posing the question and sending me to look into it. :)

  2. Thank you Angela. For your love that you give to us. Thank you for the effort that you guys contribute to the Good Morning Girls Website. It is amazing and beneficial.

  3. I love this week’s memory verse! My life application Bible says this “He was beaten so we could be made whole. he was whipped so we could be healed.” Rarely do I feel whole or healed. Daily we are bombard with media and society messages that we are not enough. That we are not whole because of various self perceived flaws. But Jesus died a horrible death as an innocent, sinless man so we could me made whole and healed in Heaven for eternity! His sacrifice amazes me beyond words and my prayer is that my life will reflect my humble gratitude.
    Thank you ladies for this wonderful Easter study.
    blessings to all,
    Casie

    • ImForeverHis says:

      Beautifully said Casie! Normally when someone speaks what I’m thinking I tell them to get out of my brain. But, today I will just say THANK YOU for speaking my thoughts much more eloquently than I could have.

  4. Melissa says:

    “Love God greatly.” Thank you for sharing that. :-) Isaiah 53:5 is powerful. This is scripture we need to remember daily.

  5. It’s not about me, but it’s all about Jesus. He was obedient unto death. I can’t imagine what the people in OT times were thinking when Isaiah promised this. Everything I do should be from a thankful heart overflowing with the love that Jesus showed to me that day.
    Thank you so much for this study!!!

    • Jennifer…
      Amen, it is all about Jesus! Thank you for joining us!
      Blessings, Martha {Leadership Encourager}

  6. I know this seems trite to many but why do you say “Easter”? Most information I’ve read says that “Easter” is a derivation of a fertility goddess. Why not use Resurrection Day? I wouldn’t want my dh or children to call ME by someone else’s name, especially not a fertility goddess’ name! ???

    • Sis – We have so many women from so many different denominations and they all have their own thoughts and word usage, some use ‘Resurrection Day’ while others use Easter… so I guess it depends on what you prefer. Our main thing with the study is pretty clear, we focus on Christ and appreciate what He did for us on the cross and we live in gratitude because of it.
      Blessings, Martha

  7. Elaine st clemmons says:

    Powerful thought provoking bible verse/lesson today. Meditating over Isaiah 53:4-6 really think about the magnitude of our sin and how it was placed on our Lord.

  8. Virginia rosales says:

    I really enjoy what I’m reading so far. I just want to ask about “Easter” the word, where did it originate?

  9. No quills burton says:

    I am not getting the information in my email what is going on

  10. No Quills Burton,
    If you are using gmail – please check your ‘promotions tab’. I’m not sure when you activated your email but have you checked your spam folder? You can email enrollmentgmg@gmail.com and I will try to help you.
    Blessings, Martha {Leadership Encourager}

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