Sunnyside First Baptist Church
2023 Easter Sonrise Service
  • — As we begin, I’d like to call on [Pastor Joel Sheeres] to open us in prayer
    — Let’s Worship - Song sheets have been handed out.

    Worship… [5-7mins]


    — Thank you to the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church to loaning us a piece of their property for this celebration.
    — BIG THANK YOU to Leroy Werkhoven for getting here very early this morning to set up our tent and chairs.
    — Big Thanks to Steve Albrecht and Joe Trancoso for our music this morning.


    God gave us the best thing that he ever could have given.
    A very part of himself!
    — But why, why was this so necessary?
    — Why did Jesus have to be tortured and beaten within and inch of his life?
    — Why did God, The Father, turn his back on His one and only Son?
    — It was foretold, in the Old Testament what had to happen to the Son of God, for the sake of mankind

    Old Testament

    — Among the 100 or more prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, simply by being Jesus.
    — Here are just a couple
    Jesus is the “Seed of Abraham.”
    Genesis 12:3 ESV
    3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
    Galatians 3:16 ESV
    16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.
    Jesus is the Blessing to Gentiles
    Genesis 26:4 ESV
    4 I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
    Galatians 3:8 ESV
    8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
    — This list goes on and on and on. I have counted at least 100 prophecies that were fulfilled with Jesus coming.
    — Jesus is the messiah, He is the one hope that we have in this world.
    — It is Jesus or it in NOTHING.
    — Here is the kind of man that the Prophet Isaiah said would come and “save us”
    Isaiah 53:1–7 ESV
    1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
    The perfect antidote to that prophecy is to hear the New Testament
    John 11:49–52 ESV
    49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

    We Know

    — IF you have been part of the “church” I hope and pray that you understand that a perfect man, the Christ has come to save you!
    — Jesus was put in a sham trial, found innocent by Pilate. He said that he could find no guilt in him.
    — But the “people” wanted Christ… NOT to worship him but to crucify him. That he should die like a common criminal.
    — AND HE DID!
    — Among this terribly violent, death Jesus maintained Himself, until the very end when he begged
    — “My God, My God why have you forsaken me.”
    — AND HE GAVE UP HIS SPIRIT and DIED… Suffocated… in an ugly death.

    That’s NOT the end

    — Joseph of Arimethia asked Pilate for the body
    — He had an appropriate place for Jesus to be laid to rest.
    — All of the Apostles went into hiding… they met, they ate, they scattered for fear of the Jews.
    — Their fear was well founded

    Here is Jesus teaching on His coming, death, burial and resurrection

    Luke 9:22 ESV
    22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

    It’s Just the beginning… It’s Just the beginning

    — It is very appropriate that on that FIRST EASTER MORNING that the men where all huddled away… Frightened! Scared!
    — The women, unafraid of the Romans, or members of the guard which could have numbered 20-30 men.
    — They went to the tomb… to anoint Jesus body, to cover it in burial spices.

    Instead they Got...

    — The first to see the tomb, with the stone rolled away
    — They got to see the burial linens balled up in the tomb
    — The women, afraid for their lives because of what had happened just a couple of days beforehand.
    — They ran back to where the men where hiding

    Listen to this...

    John 20:1–10 ESV
    1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.
    Paul in his letter to Corinthians says this about Christ
    1 Corinthians 15:3–8 ESV
    3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
      • Genesis 12:3ESV

      • Galatians 3:16ESV

      • Genesis 26:4ESV

      • Galatians 3:8ESV

      • Isaiah 53:1–7ESV

      • John 11:49–52ESV

      • Luke 9:22ESV

      • John 20:1–10ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 15:3–8ESV

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