Easter Is Better (Romans 8:11-17)

Sermon Recap

We make plans for our lives and want to add some religion to it. We want help to be a better person or a vague reassurance that God loves us. But the gospel says that Easter is better. We just want to get by in life when we could have resurrection.

1. The Hope of Easter

In order to become better people, we make lists. Whether we go to religion or WikiHow, there are lists for how to be better. But at Easter, God doesn’t offer lists; he offers life. Romans 8:11 promises life even after death when we put our faith in Christ (Rom. 10:9). Christianity doesn’t offer a better you. Christianity offers a better hope than anything this world can offer.

2. The Help of Easter

Romans 8:11-13 reminds us that there is good and evil in all of us, contrasting the flesh and the Spirit at work in the follower of Christ. No matter how much progress we make in the flesh, we will always have a tendency to fall back into the darker side of our nature. But if we are in Christ, we are not alone. We have the help of God’s own Spirit with us.

3. The Happiness of Easter

Not only are we not alone, but Romans 8:14-17 tells us that, if God’s Spirit is in us, we are children of God. We have been adopted into God’s family and made heirs of the greatest riches in the universe. The Holy Spirit tells us that we have been picked by God to be part of his household and his joy forever.

Reflection & Application Questions

  1. Do you believe that Jesus bodily rose from the dead? Take a moment to reflect on what an incredible claim that is.

  2. What hope does the resurrection from the dead give us? Why is this a better hope than anything else in the world?

  3. An essential aspect of the gospel message is that we are worse than we realize. Why is this such an important truth?

  4. The incredible thing about Easter is that it shows us that we are more loved than we could have imagined. Why does seeing how bad we are make the grace of the gospel sweeter?

  5. How do you need the help of God’s Spirit to follow Christ today?

  6. Why should our adoption in Christ bring us so much happiness?