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Jesus was a man of action, and he performed his greatest actions at Easter.

What did Jesus do at Easter?

Here are four of the major actions that Jesus did in the days leading up to Easter.

He Obeyed His Father’s Will

Every sin carries a penalty of death (Romans 6:23). We cannot pay that penalty. But Jesus could. It would mean, however, that he would have to suffer and die on the cross.

But even before Adam and Eve sinned and plunged the world into sin, God had a plan for saving people from their sin (1 Peter 1:18-21).

On the night of his arrest and trial, Jesus took his disciples to the garden of Gethsemane. While there, he prayed,

…O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matthew 26:39)

This was a prayer of obedience. Jesus knew that the road ahead would be difficult, but he also knew that it was the Father’s will for him to die for the sins of the world. So Jesus acted - he obeyed the Father’s will and…

He Endured The Cross

The Romans had no qualms about cruel and unusual punishment. To them, a long and painful execution discouraged others from rebellion or crime. Crucifixion ranks as one of the most painful deaths one can experience.

The victim was first stripped and beaten. Then he was nailed to a cross. His

body was racked with muscle spasms, but to keep breathing, he had to keep pushing up with his feet. Death eventually came from shock, loss of blood, and asphyxiation.

Despite this torturous death, Jesus did not endure the cross with bitterness and resentment, but with joy. The Bible says that he, “…for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2). Why was it a joy for Jesus to endure the cross? Because he knew he would achieve eternal salvation for all who believe in him!

His joy came from his third action that he took at Easter.

He Paid The Debt Of Sin

How much is the debt of sin? Is it a million dollars? A billion?

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Murder - the debt is death.

Adultery - the debt is death.

The white lie you told this morning - the debt is death.

The not-so-nice thought that you had about someone - the debt is death.

We cannot pay the debt of sin ourselves, because the cost is too high. Imagine yourself trying to pay off a trillion-dollar debt yourself. You wouldn’t even make a dent in that debt!

So we need someone else to buy out our debt for us. That is exactly what Christ did for us. The penalty of sin is death, so he suffered and died in our place. He paid the debt. All we have to do is believe in Jesus and our account will be paid in full.

Is the debt of your sin paid? Or do you keep trying to pay it off in installments?

But did Jesus actually pay our debt? Yes, and he proved it by his fourth action.

He Rose From The Dead

Why was it necessary that Jesus rise from the dead?

14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17)

Sin is death. Christ had to do more than just die for our sins. He had to rise again from the dead to prove that he had conquered death. Otherwise, he would have been one more victim of a Roman crucifixion.

But instead of a victim, Jesus became a victor. And when we align ourselves with him, we become victors as well.

…Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54–57)

Will you have victory over sin and death? You will if you place your faith in Jesus and the four actions that he took at Easter.

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