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Easter celebrates our salvation won by Jesus

Built on a Rock
Pastor Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne

Easter gives us great joy and at the same time immense sorrow. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection are all part of the Easter account.
Easter and the season of Lent reminds us of the sinful state of humanity. 
Adam and Eve couldn’t keep one command. They were told not to eat of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, yet they blatantly rejected God and ate of the fruit. This resulted in every person being born a sinner. “Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all man (humanity) because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
The Apostle Paul tells us that “no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” (Romans 3:11-12) The Bible says we will all – every person who has lived, is living or will live, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, popular or unpopular, kind or mean – everyone will give an account to God for their life.
As you reflect on your life this season of Lent, remember what the Bible says about every person who has ever lived, is living or will live in the future. We are all sinners and have turned our back on God.
The account doesn’t stop with us wallowing in sin with no hope. Yes, we are all sinners, but the great news of Easter is that Jesus came to earth and lived a sin-free life, went to the cross to atone for our sins.
We do not deserve God’s love. We cannot earn his love. No matter how good we are, we can never do enough.
Lent reminds us of our sinfulness and Easter the celebration of the forgiveness of sin for all who “confess with your (their) mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your (their) heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10).
Remember you sin, confess your sin, repent of your sin and rejoice in the free gift of salvation because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross of Calvary.

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