Easter 2011 Series Sermon #1

Easter Series Sermon 1
~ Easter Will Lead to Hurt~
Tyson Graber, Herscher Christian Church
April 17, 2011
Luke 19:41

[Show clip of the excitement of Palm Sunday!  (VIDEO) ]
The excitement of the first Palm Sunday as Jesus began His journey to Jerusalem was amazing!

What makes you excited as we move forward from Palm Sunday to Easter? (KIDS)

As we move forward and look towards Resurrection Sunday I get excited. 

There is so much hope in knowing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Knowing the truth of the GOOD NEWS that Jesus, God’s perfect Son, was crucified on the Cross for our sins, He was buried, and yes, He did raise from the dead three days later!  As we look forward to Resurrection Sunday this season, THIS is what Christianity is all about. 

God loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die so that we might live!  The Hope of Easter is found in the resurrection of JESUS!

Hope means,  ‘to look forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence, to believe and trust in what is to come.’

As  Christians who have been saved by grace, we hold onto the Hope of Easter. It empowers us to live through Christ, but I believe that same hope we have in Christ will lead to Hurt.

Has Easter ever led you to Hurt?

[Story of eating three orange rock candy suckers.]
One Easter morning we all got up early to receive our Easter baskets that were filled with candy.  One new treat in our baskets was an orange rock candy sucker. I ate mine right away, and it was just soooo good!  Before I left for church I even ate a second one... my brother’s.  As soon as I got home, I had a third one... my sister’s.  But before dinner, I started to feel really bad... my stomach started to really hurt, and I was miserable.

Have you ever hurt on Easter, not just because something you ate, but because you realized the hope found in Jesus can only come to those who really know Him?

We see through scripture that as Jesus headed towards offering us hope through His death and resurrection He was compelled a personal hurt for those who didn’t know Him.  The heart of Jesus hurt tremendously when He saw the lost world before Him.  Look with me in the Bible to today’s text found in Luke 19

Luke 19:41 “As He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it.”

This is a very powerful passage.   It gives us a glimpse into the heart of Jesus.  We can see how much you and I mean to Him, you can see how much He hurts for those who don’t really know Him.

No movie I have ever seen, nor books that I have ever read other than the Bible, depicts Jesus as Luke describes Him here at the end of that first Palm Sunday.  Jesus was headed down the Mt of Olives towards Jerusalem.  Make no mistake, He knew He was walking to His death.  But, as people were worshiping Him, and in the midst of this highest praise (Luke 19:38) with the cross before him,  at this moment...  instead of thinking about himself, Luke says Jesus Looked at Jerusalem and wept.

This morning we will be asking OURSELVES three simple questions from this verse.

1.  Do you see the Lost like Jesus does?

There are two main Greek Verbs that explain different degrees of seeing throughout the Bible

A---Blepo - to look; a mechanical look, passive, casual, glance
B---
Eido - to look closely at, to perceive, to discern clearly, in intensely acknowledge

-When you Blepo you know its there but when you Eido you feel it

Think about it this way.

Many of you, before you were saved by Jesus, you knew about Jesus.  But when you were saved by Him, it was like a light came on and somehow you really knew Him or finally saw what He did for you. 

The apostle Paul describes his change of seeing Jesus this way.

Acts 26:12-28

You understood.  At one time you knew about Him, but now you know Him

Before ~ Blepoed
Now ~ Eido

2 Cor 4:4 - “The God of the age had blinded the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

-The unbeliever in the lost world ‘blepoes’ the gospel
-When your eyes have been opened you ‘eido’ it

Jesus didn’t just ‘blepo’ Jerusalem, or just casually look it from a distance.   He ‘Eidoed’ Jerusalem, he Looked closely, felt, and perceived Jerusalem.

What Happens When Jesus Sees (Eidoes) Something?

A. Healing Takes Place

Matt 8:14-15  “When Jesus came into Peters house, He saw (Eidoed) Peter’s mother in law lying in the bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her.”

Matt 14:14  “When Jesus landed and saw (eidoed) the large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

B - People are saved

Jn 1:47-19  Jesus saw Nathaniel approaching and said to him, “Here is a true Israelite in whom there is nothing false.”  “How do you know me?” Nathaniel said.  Jesus answered, “I saw (eidoed) you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathaniel declared. “Rabbi, you are the Son of God.”

When Jesus Eidoes, things happen

Jesus didn’t just eido back then He Eidos Your situation right now
-If your sick he sees
-If your hurting he sees

-Jesus (eidoes) is looking intently at you
As Jesus approached Jerusalem he saw the city and wept
What did he eido in Jerusalem
Luke 19:42  He saw the lost of Jerusalem, He saw the people that really didn’t know Him

2. Do you see the Lost as Jesus does

To you really see them and know them?  Do you perceive their pain ... or do you just pass them by?

[Story of Seeing like Jesus.]
Many of you have heard this story before, but I had been preparing for a sermon one day, and came to a point where I felt the need to pray.  I prayed that I might be able to see as Jesus did.  Later that day I was driving down Park Road headed north when I happened to notice from the corner of my eye what looked like someone on the ground flailing his arms and legs.

I wasn’t sure of what I thought I’d seen, so at first opportunity, I turned the car around and went back to pull into the drive where I’d seen it.  Sure enough, a man was down on the ground on his back.  I called out to him, “Are you ok? Do you need help?”  Indeed, he did need help, and when he saw me he asked, “Are you an angel?”  I said, “No, I’m the pastor from the church down the road.”  He told me he’d been on the ground for over an hour and nobody had seen him or heard him..  I believe I was able to see him because I had prayed to be able to see like Jesus, to see and recognize a need.

Do you care for those that are close to you like Jesus does?
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Jesus really looked at Jerusalem.  He had been there before,  it was a close/familiar place

Many of his followers were from Jerusalem (Matt 4:25)

Jesus spent a lot of time there, but  familiarity breeds contempt.  Those followers did not really ‘see’ Jesus for who He was, or what he was about.  But He saw them.

So many times our hearts are broken for things far off.  Jesus was heart  was broken for Jerusalem; when He saw it, it caused Him a lot of pain; He hurt for the lost.

The Garden of Gethsamene was just outside of Jerusalem where He was Betrayed by a friend.

The people wanted to and eventually did  kill him.  Jerusalem  would be the place of his torture and death.  Jesus had every right to not like these people and this city, and still Jesus was broken for the people who hurt and would kill him

Do you still care for people who are familiar to you or have you given up on them?
Do you still care for people who have hurt or betrayed you or have you dismissed them?

3.  Do you Hurt for the Lost Like Jesus?

Why did he weep?
He was filled with great sorrow for humanity.This weeping was “Kaio.”

Kaio~ “Not silent tears, but audible sobbing-deep cry.

In the midst of all the praise he was getting, with the cross before him, JESUS WEPT.
It was Not because he was going to be beaten and killed,  He wept because he eidoed –he saw and felt-the lost of Jerusalem!

Jesus didn’t just weep for Jerusalem, he bled for her.
Jesus was broken for the lost, and he did something about it

When Jesus EIDOED Jerusalem in its lost state,
When Jesus sees you in your lost/hurting state,

He doesn’t just feel, he bled for them and he bled for you on the cross.

Do you cry for the lost?
Do you hurt for lost humanity?
Are you willing to do something about it?

How much are people worth to you?
What price are you willing to pay for a soul?
Jesus went to the cross for the lost, how far are you willing to go?

Do you see/feel?
Do you care for the familiar and those who have hurt you?
Do you cry for the lost?
Are you willing to do something about it?
 
We must all answer these things, to serve God.