“From a Rugged Cross to a Regal Throne” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge Easter 2011

Pastor Richard A. Daughtridge

“From a Rugged Cross to a Regal Throne” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

What happened on that cross changed my life forever. I was reconciled to God.

It became my signed adoption as a Christian. It was my forgiveness of sins paid for by Christ’s death.

 I have never felt so loved as I realized the cross’s value, or even more the value that Christ placed on me to be there in my place.

Ever wonder how the witnesses must have felt after Christ died? They were scattered but eventually found their way to each other.  Their redeemer was dead. They consoled each other and planned for a life without Him. Three days of doubt, fear and abandonment must have seemed like an eternity. Then it happened. He is risen.

Today we finish the sermon series, “Testimonies of those that watched Christ die” but our story is just getting started. As we appreciate the witnesses’ account of Christ’s death to deal with our sin. We now witness an event more shocking and life changing, the resurrection. We were raised with Him.  Redeemed by his sacrifice and now recreated spiritually by his resurrection.

The stone was rolled away. Then the story changes from gloom, to glory filled the room, from mortal to majestic, from dead to alive forever more, from a rugged cross to a regal throne.

Let’s experience with the witnesses the resurrection of our Lord.

"He Is Risen"

Matthew 28:1-6  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. [2] And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. [3] His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: [4] And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. [5] And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. [6] He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Matthew 28:9-10     And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. [10] Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. [17] And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. [19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Remember Paul Harvey’s” The rest of the Story”?

Where are those witnesses today because of the resurrection?

  • Paul ?
  • The Woman at the Well?
  • Mary Jesus’ Mother?
  • Peter?
  • The believing thief on the cross?
  • The Centurion?
  • The people lining the streets waving palm leaves singing Hosanna?
  • The people that cried “Crucify him.”? 

Now like Paul Harvey used to say, here’s the rest of the story. From a Rugged Cross to a Regal Throne.

Heaven will be great.

Rev. 7:9-12    After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; [10] And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. [11] And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, [12] Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

(Many thanks to Joe Hahn for sharing his portrayal of Christ. It reflects Christ’s majesty and humanity. Well done Joe. )

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