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Three Days That Changed the World
10/19/2014
Scripture: Acts 13:29-31; John 10:11.17-18;
Track 5 of in the series
For the way things need to be requires sacrifice. When I heard that statement, I had to really think about it and what it really meant. What was the author trying to say and what about this could be true and not true Todays lesson will focus on the famous three days in Jesus life that we call the Passion. As much as we might know about these days, there is still a lot more to be discovered personally in life. I feel we know the first part of a three day story, but as Paul Harvey always reminded us, there is the rest of the story to know.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Three Days That Changed the World

True or False: For the way things need to be requires sacrifice.

When I heard that statement, I had to really think about it and what it really meant. What was the author trying to say and what about this could be true and not true? Todayís lesson will focus on the famous three days in Jesus life that we call the Passion. As much as we might know about these days, there is still a lot more to be discovered personally in life. I feel we know the first part of a three day story, but as Paul Harvey always reminded us, there is the rest of the story to know.

Acts 13:29-31 MSG They took him down from the cross and buried him. And then God raised him from death. There is no disputing that.

Everyone dies. Each of us, all man who ever lived and will live on this earth will experience death sometime. I know that on some day, Mike Nobis will die. I am promised that. It just happens to be fact because of what happened in the garden at the beginning of time. Because man sinned, death now comes to everyone. What we are not told is how we will die. For some it will be peaceful. For others, it may be awful, tragic and in many cases, cruel. But, that is not the point, the next day always comes. Itís cruel to think about but it is reality.

Think of all the famous people we know who have died and had books written about them; how important was their death to you? How many are remembered for their death? Kennedy, Lincoln, etc. And what happened the next day?

Can you name for me a day over the past 2014 years when no one believed that Jesus was alive? Why is there a Saturday in the narrative of Jesus death? There are three days but very little is said about Saturday. Why is that?

Think about this a moment, in the Christian world, so much is said Sunday, when Jesus raised from the dead. But the miracle of Saturday is that the eternal Son of God lays dead. Jesus
defeats our great enemy death not by proclaiming his invincibility over it, but by submitting himself to it. A sacrifice was needed to set things right again.

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What was the one thing that impacted you most from this video? What did you learn new that you didnít know before?

In facing his death, Jesus wasnít a victim of forces beyond his control ó he had options. He could fight like the zealots, withdraw like the Essenes, collaborate with the chief priests, cut a deal with Pilate, or call on God to be delivered. Instead, he chose to die out of love for others. Here is how he explained it to his disciples:

John 10:11.17-18 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.

Why do you think it matters so much that Jesusí disciples and US understand that he is making a sacrificial choice from a position of authority?

How do you recognize the distinction between suffering and taking up your cross in your own life?

We may suffer many things in life, but they arenít necessarily crosses. By Jesusí definition, a cross is only a cross if you choose it. It is a decision made from a position of authority óyou could choose otherwise, but you donít. For love of Christ, you crawl up on the altar and consent to die ó to self-will, self-gratification, self-protection ó daily.

On the video, John said, ďFrom heavenís standpoint, I wonder if the greater miracle isnít Saturday. The miracle of Saturday is the eternal Son of God lays dead. He defeats our great enemy death not by proclaiming his invincibility over it, but by submitting himself to it.Ē If Saturday in Jesusí story is also a miracle, what implications do you think it has for us as Jesusí followers?

In the life of faith, what would you say is the miracle of the fallow, silent, in-between times?