Love So Deep (Easter 2014) – Pastor Ron Tucker

a woman who survived the horrors of Nazi concentration camps knew that the greatness of God in the darkest of days Corrie ten Boom said there is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still and the greatest evidence of the depth of God’s love is that his son came to earth to be one of us died on a cross the conquered the grave for us and on the third day rose from the dead and we’re going to take just a few minutes here this morning I know you’ve got kids with yet but we’re going to look at what happened on that first Easter and this is a review if you were here last year but I know this is was a big paradigm shift for a lot of us do to think through this lens of what actually happened this were the review this week helped me so first let’s look at what jesus told His disciples at the Last Supper just hours before his arrest John 14 1 he said all right guys don’t let your hearts get trouble believe in God believe also in me in my father’s house are many dwelling places I’m telling you I there there there’s a place for you there I’m going to prepare a place where if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am there you may be also he’s saying you can’t live with the father right now fact you can’t even have a relationship with him yet but I’m about to change that I’m about to fix this situation forever but I got to go away to do it but I’ll be right back I promise I’m gonna be right back and he makes that statement several times and it’s discourse with him and in verse 25 he says these things I have spoken to you while being present with you but the helper the Holy Spirit whom the father will send in my name he will teach you all things peace I leave with you my peace I give you and it’s beyond anything you can get through trends and dental meditation or anything else this is supernatural peace so he’s telling them they’re about to get two gifts and these are huge you’re gonna get the Holy Spirit and you’ll get my supernatural peace and the reason we have that in your notes there for you to just fill that in is because I want you to remember those two things we’re going to come back to those all right verse 29 I’ve told you before it comes that when it does come to pass you may believe I’m not gonna talk with you much from here on out for the rule of the world is coming the ruler of this world is coming but and he has nothing in me he said I have to go to the Father but i’ll be back right back you’ll see me again telling you this before it happens so you won’t chuck your faith so you won’t panic so you won’t go home you know the world’s ending you’ll still believe that’s what Jesus says about the first Easter on Thursday night now don’t think the timeline thursday evening he says this on friday he goes to the cross and of course we remembered that on good friday here he dies the next event takes place on friday night or sometime on saturday if he feeds for tells us jesus went down into the lower parts of the earth and verse 8 the apostle paul quotes the Old Testament passage in some 60 818 saying when he ascended on high get this this is so awesome he led captivity captive now this he ascended what does it mean but that he also first descended into the Lord parts of the earth he who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens that he might fill all things and to get clarity on what happened down there Jesus actually gives us the inside himself in the book of Revelation in Revelation 118 he said I am he who lives was dead and behold I am alive forevermore and look at this I and I have who I love this the keys of Hades and there now Hades is the Greek word that means the boat of the Dead every person that had died before Christ went to a waiting place someplace sometimes called the bosom of Abraham in in Scripture well right after Jesus dies on the cross he walks into this place only he doesn’t just passively sit around with the rest of the Old Testament Saints he looks at Satan and says I’m here for the keys give him to me now this came you know suddenly they realized oh oh that’s not gonna hold him deaths not going to keep this man I mean

he’s a man and he died but he died as an innocent man for our sins that’s not going to work on the sky and not only that but he now has power to empty the place and we know that we know it was a shock to the devil we know that he’s blown away by this because Paul says this in first Corinthians 27 and a says the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God his plan that was previously hidden even though he made it to our for our ultimate glory before the world began but the rulers of this world he’s not just talking about earthly rulers he’s talking about spiritual rulers demonic hierarchies that that still try to hold sway but the rulers of this world have not understood it if they had get this they would not have crucified our glorious Lord Satan had no idea what was happening on that cross he can’t understand love it was inconceivable to him that God would love us this much that he would send His only Son to live an innocent life as a human being so that he could die in our place he had no concept that he was nailing our sins to Jesus cross until he got the Hades and said I want the keys death couldn’t hold him he came for now that’s that means there’s we had we no longer have to fear death physical or spiritual he overcame on both there’s no fear of death for a believer period it’s a number one fear of all humans every fears directly tied to that people say you know I mastiff rate of snakes we had a snake yesterday in my basement right beside my study oh and I don’t like snakes but you know I’ll say I’m afraid just thinks really I’m afraid of being bitten by a snake and dying that’s really what I’m afraid of or I’m afraid of heights no you’re afraid of falling and dying I’m afraid of germs now you’re afraid of getting sick and dying I mean we’re really afraid not of the things we’re afraid of what they you know of dying from those things and Jesus overcame the fear of death by overcoming death itself he literally got the keys of Hades place of the Dead not to lock people in we were already locked in that’s where we were all headed it was our eternal destination Jesus got the keys to let us out so he takes the keys of hell and death from the devil and get this he unlocks Hades for all the Old Testament Saints who had been waiting for him to come and he takes them to heaven David talks about this in Psalm 16 10 when he said for you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the gray he was looking forward to this event he saw it now Jesus didn’t open the gates for the wicked yet that’s still to happen in the not too distant future the Bible says they’ll all stand before the father’s great white throne and be judged so Jesus freezed the Saints stay with me on this he frees the Saints and he heads toward heaven but first he says we got it we got to make a stop by her because I got to tell Mary to have the disciples to meet me and I told him but they’re so upset I’m not banking on him remembering and that and if you want something done right give it to a woman heard a lot of women say men on that one well that brings us to Sunday morning alright so sunday morning now this is this has happened at first the first Easter John 20 verse 1 says now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early while it was still dark and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tin so Mary runs back to tell the disciples Peter and John run back to thin with her look and see it’s empty take off home I guess to tell the rest of the guys and Mary’s let their weeping alone but when she looks in the tomb verse 12 says she saw two angels in white where the body of Jesus had lain now contrary to popular opinion these two didn’t show up to move the stone so Jesus could get out they moved the stone so we could get in it was for us to see that he wasn’t there Jesus didn’t need help he wasn’t in the tomb yelling hey any angels out there you know I just defeated death Helen the grave but I can’t seem to get that stone out of the way no the angels move the stone for us if death couldn’t stop him no piece of real estate could stop it and we know that because later in the story when all his father’s a Hubble together behind locked doors that have been bolted shut Jesus shows up and doesn’t even knock he just walks right through the door you know what that means there’s no closed

door he can’t open there is I’m sure every one of us can think of some circumstance in our life for somebody we know some situation where we go man up that doors bolted shut I mean there’s no that’s never gonna happen he is so hard-headed and hard-hearted and she is so close-minded and her head their minds just seal shut there nobody can get through if the risen Christ can walk through walls I got news for you there is no situation he can’t walk into no person he can’t get through to note no situation circumstance he can’t change you know it’s it’s comes down to what Jesus told us he said ask and keep on asking knock and keep on knocking I love that video that they prayed for their family in the Philippines and how God gave him assurance him and everybody was all right ninety percent of the homes knocked out and their families were fine I mean come on Jesus rose from the dead he can nothing he said is impossible if will believe well back at the tomb the angel says woman why are you weeping Mary said because they’ve taken away my lord I don’t know where they laid him now when she said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there for some reason didn’t know it was Jesus and he said why are you weeping whom are you seeking supposing him to be the gardener she said sir if you’ve carried him away just tell me what are you laid him I’ll take him away and jesus said to her Mary he opened her eyes she could recognize him she said rabbi which you know you you get the picture she’s grabbing for him and remember this is on Thursday he told her he told all the disciples he said he’d be going to the Father sistas not now not not yet don’t touch me yet I having ascended to the Father go to my brothers go to go to my brother and say to them what this is it it’s happening it’s having everything I told you it’s happening it’s right now as we speak I’m ascending to my father and look at this into your father to my god and to your God in other words i’m about to fix this situation so you can have a relationship with the father to marry starts screaming so no no no not yet having ascended we’re not done we’re not done but i’m going now I’ll be right back just like I promised tell my brothers it’s happening now did I get that right isn’t that what the story says isn’t that exactly when it happened all right now remember this is not the Ascension this is not 40 days for 40 days Jesus appears to his disciples and then he ascends into heaven that’s not this this is Easter this is this this is the day so all the Old Testament Saints he released from Hades they’re still with him they’re still out there watching this whole thing go on and we know that because Matthew 2752 says the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life they came out of the tombs after Jesus resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people a bunch of them got their resurrected bodies early here’s what I think happened when when Jesus said I got to stop by her some of them said do you mind if we walk around we haven’t seen a place in a long time and I would love to see what they’ve done with it you know so they’re turning the city I that I mean that’s what we just read a picture Moses saying hey David I played Little League right over there where that McDonald’s it is you see that over there and Jesus leads them so he takes so we’re done he’s done he’s done talking to Mary heaven Mary get the boys and he’s headed for heaven now with the Old Testament Saints and another Old Testament passage gives us a picture of what I think happened that Sunday afternoon of the first Easter they left Earth and arrived at this huge gate to the heavenly City that it doesn’t look like the one we saw in the video i mean it’s it’s made out of a single pearl the Bible says its colossal and david says hey guys I think this is it this is the fulfillment of that song the Lord gave me psalm 24 and together they yell out lift up your heads o you gates and be lifted up you everlasting doors and the King of glory shall come in and the angelic protectors who rolled back their challenge over the ramparts who is this King of glory david says let’s tell them guys the Lord strong and mighty the Lord mighty in battle and as those huge gates open up Jesus leads this procession he leads Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and ruth and esther and Moses and all the Old Testament Saints

right into the heavenly City death lost its stinger that day the grave is no longer the victor the Bible says I want to tell you I’ve been at too many too many bedsides where people who knew Jesus left this is a reality folks it’s a big there’s a cataclysmic I mean a chasm difference between a person who knows Jesus and a person who doesn’t when they die there’s yet another Oh Testament passage it tells us what happened next Daniel 7 is the best-known prophecy about Jesus second coming but it also relates what happened on that first Easter when it comes to Bible prophecy it really is helpful to know that they’re layered and many times you’ll see you know two or three fulfillments of that prophecy like we see predictions about Jesus first coming in second coming i prophesied together and that’s one of these kind of things Daniel 7 verse 9 says I watch till thrones were put in place and the Ancient of Days was seated now that’s the father his garment was white as snow and the hair of his head was like pure wool his throne was a fiery flame its wheels a burning fire it’s got wheels mobile Ezekiel saw the same thing wheels a fiery stream issued and came forth from before him a thousand thousands ministered to in 10,000 times ten thousand stood before him now I want to assure you something you may have never heard before death hell and the grave have been totally conquered and it happened right here we’re about to see it just the week before on Palm Sunday Jesus had told his disciples when he had gotten you know away from the crowd and was alone with him he said in John 12 31 he says now guys now is the judgment of this world now the ruler of this world is cast out this is the moment when it happened this is how it went down Satan is about to get his Dominion taken away right here the writer of Hebrews describes it Jesus as our high priests steps forward and offers his blood on the altar of heaven as the full payment for all of our sins Hebrews 10 11 says day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties again and again he offers the same sacrifices which can never take away sins but when this priest Jesus had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins he sat down at the right hand of God and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool for by one sacrifice she has made perfect forever those who are being made whole that’s us he’s talking about when Jesus offered his blood on the altar of heaven Satan lost all power over us his only ability to dominate us with sin in Jesus blood on that altar totally removes our sin it washes us this is why we have freedom to resist the devil this is next week we’re going to talk about how that works I hope you’ll be back for that we’re free our chains are broken just like jesus said Satan can come at us he’s got nothing on us or in us it’s also why we don’t have to offer animal sacrifices anymore the Bible says the sacrifice of Jesus was once for all for all time then in Daniels vision he sees one like the son of man that’s very interesting because that’s the name Jesus calls himself now any Jew in that time knew about Daniel and new Daniels statement about the Son of man coming and Jesus assumes that name he calls himself the Son of Man / note and everybody you know that was a Jew in that time new uh-uh you’re calling yourself this guy look cuz look at it he sees one like the Son of man coming with the clouds of heaven so they knew he was calling himself the Messiah the clouds i have in the bible does the bible scholars say that’s the Old Testament Saints who were still with him so he came to the Ancient of Days and they the clouds of heaven the Saints brought him near before him so I’m picturing him riding on their shoulders you know kind of like after a big Super Bowl win you know this is the big deal it’s a procession and then to him to Jesus was given to me let’s read this together was given Dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples nations and languages should serve in his Dominion is an everlasting Dominion which shall not pass away and his kingdom the one that shall not be destroyed on the afternoon of the first Easter after Jesus’s of the sin

the father he took back rule of the earth that happened right here Adam lost it in the garden he handed it over to Satan and now it’s returned to the man Jesus Christ Jesus will forever get this this wrap your head around this one well forever now be both God and man I don’t understand how that works but it he didn’t drop his humanity when he went back to heaven when he ascended there is a man sitting on the throne in heaven there is a Jewish man sitting at the right hand of God and there is a Jewish man who is coming back to earth the rain on the earth from Jerusalem whoa and Daniel continues in verse 21 I was watching and the Antichrist was making war against the Saints and prevailing against him until the Ancient of Days came and a judgment was made in favor of the Saints of the Most High and the time came for the Saints to possess the kingdom Jesus came into the courtroom heaven having paid for our sin he offers his blood on the altar the devil comes in the father looks at Jesus looks at the devil and he says here’s my verdict Saints wins demons lose there it is that’s the verdict it’s done that happened 2,000 years ago in that first Easter it’s not gonna happen it happened it’s a done deal and i can tell you one who’s been set free I mean you don’t have to live in bondage through fear of death you don’t have to live in bondage to alcohol or drugs or pornography or whatever because Jesus has all the minute he broke the chains of sin to set you free and he’s here in the person of his spirit today to make that real few weeks later in Matthew 28 18 Jesus still appearing to him he’s still here roaming around you know talking to the disciples he said he said to him one day he said I’ve given you Authority all he said I’ve been given all authority in heaven and on earth in other words Adam lost it I got it back and it all happened the first Easter we have victory because of what happened on that first Easter if you want victory in your life all you have to do is quit trying to play God just surrender to Jesus and you do that by just simply putting your faith in it that’s how you come under his rule otherwise you’re still living under the Dominion of a defeated foe okay the day’s almost over list let’s talk about sunday night because this is the end the evening of the first Easter John 20 verse 19 says that Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders suddenly Jesus was standing there among them haha peace be with you he liked to scare him I think can you imagine boom you know whoa you know it’s a ghost they saw him on the water one day you know walking out in the water it’s a goat no it’s me it’s me Jesus a standing among and it doesn’t makes a whole lot of sensitive search words would be t speech calm down don’t die you know tease me with he said as he spoke he showed him the wounds in his hands in his sight that morning remember what he told Marisa don’t touch me I’m going to the Father I’m on my way what’s he saying now touch me touch me feel come on feel my hands feel my hands see I’m here this is really me the sacrifice has been made it’s been done I’ve been to the Father it’s you know I’ve already ascended they were filled with joy when they saw the Lord he could have said I told you guys I told you I don’t miss this he says again he said now this is important this is what I want you to get again he said peace be with you as the father has sent me I am sending you then he breathed on them and said receive who there we go remember two things he promised two things he said I’m going away but I’m coming back with two things my piece and the Holy Spirit and I’m telling you before it happens so when it happens you’ll believe this easter jesus is alive and more than anything I mean he is alive he is real and more than anything he wants you to believe he wants you to trust in the fact that he can set you free from sin and hell and death and all the fears that you have related to that stuff his love is so deep he wants you to experience his peace and receive the gift of his spirit this is not a fairytale this is a fixed reality that

God wants to make real to you and I’d like to pray for you now but that very miracle happen on the inside of you today would you bow your heads with me let’s just Lord before you right now we stand Jesus we thank you we thank you for what you have done you have done everything necessary to purchase our freedom help us to believe the truth help us to believe in what really happened on that first Easter that you came back to life that you came back from hell with all authority over sin and death and that you went into the courtroom of heaven and that you offered your blood once and for all the purchase are not guilty verdict you came back to give us your peace and your Holy Spirit God make that real every one of us here today so we can embrace it and receive it and experience it firsthand Jesus we thank you we thank you for your presence here we pray all of that in your powerful name as you taught us to and everybody said