This weekend, we celebrated both the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pastor Tracy Boyd finished our Good News series by looking at how every event leading up to Jesus’ death had its purpose in reclaiming something man lost in the Garden of Eden. God’s intention isn’t for us to simply go to heaven, but rather experience the totality of His goodness in every area of our lives.
We see the fullness of God’s mercy by understanding:
- Jesus reclaimed our ability to experience the Father’s love, power and peace through His crushing in the Garden of Gethsemane
- Jesus reclaimed divine health by being beaten at the whipping post
- Jesus reclaimed the peace within our minds by wearing the crown of thorns
- Jesus reclaimed our provision by having His robe stripped from Him
- Jesus reclaimed our innocence and righteousness by hanging on the cross
It becomes easier to receive everything Jesus purchased for us when we remember:
- God is in touch with our reality; Jesus walked through the entire human experience perfectly without sin
- He bore our sicknesses so we don’t have to
- We experience greater wholeness in our bodies when our mind is at peace
- God doesn’t want us to be poor; He just asks that we steward our resources well
- Jesus was cursed on the cross so every one of our sins would be washed away
- When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He was saying, “I have done everything necessary to reclaim everything that was stolen in the Garden of Eden.”
- How have you seen God’s faithfulness in the areas of your life that Jesus reclaimed on His journey to the cross? How have these testimonies built your faith and belief that God is good? How have they drawn you closer to God?
- What aspects of God’s goodness that are witnessed in Jesus’ journey to the cross do you have trouble believing? What has caused you to doubt God’s faithfulness in those areas? How can you break free from those false beliefs?
- What areas of your life are you asking God to reclaim for His purposes? Why are you asking God to reclaim those areas? What does God’s word say about what He wants for those areas of your life? How can do your part to see God reclaim those areas?
- Are there any broken areas of your life you can ask God to reclaim that you may not have thought about in the past? If so, what are they? What is it about those areas of your life God can heal, fix, reestablish, etc.? How can you build your faith and allow God to reclaim those areas?
John 3:16, Matthew 26:36-38, Hebrews 4:14-16, Isaiah 53:5, John 19:2, Philippians 4:19, Deuteronomy 21:23, Galatians 3:13, 1 Corinthians 11:25