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Upcoming Events
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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
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17

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
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Killed, Dead and Buried

Killed, Dead and Buried

Matthew 27:60 – “And Joseph laid the body in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock.  And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.”

It was over.  Jesus was dead.  He had been killed, He was dead, He was buried and not only that, a huge stone was rolled in front of the tomb so that no one could get in and steal the body.  Jesus was finished.

Or so everyone (or almost everyone) thought.  Of course we living on this side of the resurrection know what happened.  Jesus rose from the grave, Jesus triumphed over death and over hell.  Jesus did not lose, Jesus was not finished.  Jesus was victorious.  We know all of that and all of that is life changing.  How? The fact that Jesus was raised lets us know that we do not have to go through life alone.  It lets us know that since He is not dead that He walks through this world with us.  It lets us know that since Jesus is alive, He is still in control and it lets us know that God validated and accepted the sacrifice that He paid on the cross.  It also lets us know that since Jesus is resurrected, that we can be as well.  These are life changing truths.

But there is one life changing truth (or more than one) that we overlook in the death of Jesus.  2 Corinthians tells us that “He became sin.”  Jesus on the cross did more than just take our sins upon Himself, He became our sins.  That seems almost sacrilegious to type, but it is the scandalous grace and love of God.  He became our sin.  So when Jesus died, our sin died.  When Jesus was buried our sins were buried.  Think about that for a moment, that is a transformational truth, our sins were killed, our sins are dead, our sins are buried. Never to be remembered again, for when God, the Father raised Jesus from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus did not bring our sins back with Him.  No they were left in the tomb.  They are there, killed, destroyed, buried, gone for good. 

That is good news isn’t it? Because what it means is that I am forgiven.  My sins are remembered no more, they are gone.  I don’t have to deal with the guilt over the sins of my past, present, or even over the sins of my future any more.  I truly am free.  That is the good news of the Gospel. 

Casting Crowns puts it very powerfully and poetically in their song, “Glorious Day” :

            Living He loved me

            Dying He saved me

            Buried He carried my sins far away

            Rising He justified, freely forever

            One day He’s coming O Glorious Day.

And truly what a day that will be, a day that we as followers of Jesus can look forward to because our sins are gone.  If we are still in our sins however it isn’t a day that we look forward to but it is a black day that we dread for it is the day of the wrath of God.  Through the cross, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus however we don’t have to dread it, because our sins are killed, dead, and buried.  They are gone but Jesus is alive.