Easter 2020: The Devil and His Tricks!

Easter 2020: The Devil and His Tricks!

A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson

Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY www.windsoravenuebiblechurch.org

Matthew 28

1In 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.

2And, 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.

3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

9And 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.

10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.


What I’m about to say will make Angels & Believers in Heaven shout for Joy, it will make The Father smile, it’ll make The Lord Jesus stand up, it’ll give joy to The Holy Ghost, and

What I’m about to say will make The Devil and his Demons tremble…

The Lord Jesus Christ, He has Risen!!

And all God’s people said: He has Risen Indeed!

Happy Resurrection Day! Happy Easter!

And we’re Celebrating the real Biblical account of the death, burial and Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

And I’m gonna Preach a real Bible Message this Morning!

Why? The Devil doesn’t want you believe in the Resurrection…

The Devil uses Seven Tricks in an attempt to discredit the Death, Burial and The Resurrection of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ:

1. The First Trick is to Change the Meaning of The Resurrection.

It’s not about Jesus it’s about The Easter Bunny!

Businesses and Manufactures are Bummed out this Year Why?

Easter $$$$! According to Bloomberg and The National Retail Federation; We typically spend around:

Total annual spending on all Easter-related goods: $17.2 Billion Dollars

Total annual spending on Easter candy: $2.1 Billion

Number of chocolate bunnies made for Easter each year is? 90 Million!

Number of Jelly beans made for Easter? 16 Billion

And the percent of Americans who say chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first? 76 percent! Walgreens Chocolate Easter Cross…

The Average Persons spends:

$28.11 on Easter candy. $61.74 on Easter food.

$31.66 on Easter flowers. $17.20 on Easter Cards.

And $60.55 on?... Easter Clothes!

And we know that Easter isn’t about Chocolate Bunnies, but if you give me a Chocolate Bunny, yeah, I’ll eat it!

Easter is one of the busiest days for Restaurants with more than 33 million Americans eating out for Easter Sunday.

This comes out to $145 per person for Easter,

Some people spend more on the Easter Bunny then they do on Jesus!

And the Meaning of The Resurrection has been changed…

Jeremiah 10:2

2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

We Celebrate The Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen!

I personally like and prefer Resurrection Day over Easter,

We’re Preaching The Resurrection Account today,

The Gospel is the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus,

We Dress us because of Resurrection Day,

We’re Singing Hymns and Songs about The Resurrection, Amen!

The Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, Easter Parade and all the customs of that Holiday are Pagan and are not found in the Bible.

American Easter is Pagan, Resurrection Day Is Biblical!

2. Another trick the Devil uses discredit the Death, Burial and The Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is Politically Correctness.

Political Correctness is agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people. In a way I believe in PC, explain…

It’s no longer: Resurrection Day or “Happy Easter”, but: “Happy Holiday”, It’s not Easter Vacation, but Spring Break. Why? Because all the Atheists, and Humanists and other Religions are offended by our Christian Religious Holyday.

In a Seattle Washington High School they call Easter Eggs: “Spring Spheres”, in Rio Rancho, NM the annual Easter Egg Hunt is now called the: “Spring Egg Hunt”. Now us Christians don’t really care about Eggs, but the World sure hates Easter Eggs…

Again, Schools no longer say Easter Vacation, they call it Spring Break.

You can’t say Easter Chicks because now women are offended… that’s a joke, a little humor…. Easy….

And P.C. is Steamrolling its way in The Church!

There are now Gender Neutral Bibles.

The New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version published in 1995 by Oxford University Press, translates John 3:16 as follows:

“For God so loved the world that God gave God’s only Child, so that everyone who believes in that Child may not perish but may have eternal life.”

This version gets rid of masculine pronouns and generic masculine usages. Not content to stop there, they also decided to make the Bible accessible to left-handed people by replacing right-handed imagery; “God’s right hand” becomes “God’s mighty hand.”

In the Gender Neutral Hymnal for The United Church of Christ denomination: The New Century Hymnal" by James Crawford and Daniel Johnson, their leading guideline was quote: "We rejoice in providing a rich variety of metaphors for singing of God and inclusive words for singing of people—words that all people can sing."

They’ve removed the words: “King, Kingdom & Master”.

They’ve removed the word: “Lord” from many of its Hymns,

They’ve removed Military terms, from many of its Hymns…

Good Bye Ephesians chapter 6…

Remember, we’re in The Army of God!

That Bible says we’re to put on The Whole Armour of God, Why?

So we can withstand the Wiles of The Devil who’s firing fiery darts at us and trying to Trick and Deceive us!

The Bible says in:

1 Corinthians 3:19

19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Political Correctness says that we’re to accept all Religions, they’ll say: - All of Religions Roads lead to Heaven,

- We all worship the same God,

- It doesn’t matter who you believe in, just as long as you believe in something,

Jesus was a nice person just like Buddha & Mohammed was…

Even though Jesus Christ said in:

John 14:6

6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus Christ died my for sins, He was Buried for my sins, and He arose for sins! Hallelujah! He arose, He arose, He is Risen, Hallelujah!

Buddha and Mohammed didn’t die for my sins, they’re not the way, the truth and the life… They’re still in the grave!

In order to be a Saviour you have to be alive, and my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is Alive, He arose from the grave, and He Saves!

That’s why the old Hymn says:

Up from the grave he arose;

with a mighty triumph o'er his foes;

he arose a victor from the dark domain,

and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

And the World has to stop being Politically Correct, they gotta stop being ignorant and they’ve gots to face the Truth that He arose! He arose! He’s alive and He’s The Saviour of the World, Amen!

The Third way The Devil tries to discredit the Death, Burial and The Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ:

3. He tries His best to Silence us and Marginalize Christianity.

Let’s turn to:

Acts 4

8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

9If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;

10Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Skip to:

Here’s the Sadducees response:

18And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

And just like the Sadducees tried to silence the Early Church, The Devil and this World has been trying to Silence and Marginalize Jesus Christ and Christianity.

To Marginalize means: to take or keep somebody or something away from the center of attention, influence, or power.

And believe Me, I believe there are forces in The Government that are using The Coronavirus to Silence and Marginalize The Church!

They say The Church isn’t essential,

But The Liquor Stores can stay open, because they’re essential.

They say The Marijuana Stores can stay open, because they’re essential…

The Liquor Stores and The Marijuana Stores are essential to The Government because they bring in tons of Tax dollars to The States!

Isn’t it Crazy that they put us in a Quarantine Lockdown and Alcohol sales have skyrocketed, Domestic Violence has increased and now The Government is worried about peoples Mental Health issues?

Uhhhhh, How about opening The Church Doors and let The Church do its ESSENTIAL lifesaving and life changing job to a scared and frightened world that’s being attacked by Coronavirus!

Unhinged liberals attack Franklin Graham in New York City because of The Samaritan’s Purse Coronavirus Field Hospital

“It’s a shame that the federal government has left New York with no other choice but to accept charity from bigots,” New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, said. "You know those medical tents being constructed in Central Park? They’re being set up by notorious anti-gay bigot Franklin Graham. One wrote that he’d rather die than be treated by that “Problematic Group”…

Franklin Graham is not a Bigot, he just believes that Marriage is to be between a Man and a Woman like the Bible says, that’s it!

Then they attacked The My Pillow Guy… who, despite turning his business into a mask-producing aid shop amid the coronavirus, was apparently too pro-Trump and too Christian for asking people to Pray and Read their Bibles during this Coronavirus lockdown…

According to an article on the Anti Christian web site the Slog News and Arts entitled:

Shhhhhh... We're Silencing Christians...”

They boldly proclaim:

Can you even recall the last time you heard a peep out of an American Christian?

And their answer to life’s eternal question isn’t about the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Their answer to life is Humanism and Self!

They say: Jesus isn’t truth,

Truth is subjective.

There is no ultimate truth, thus what is truth for one person may not be truth for another.

The Bible isn’t the Morality Law Book,

Morality is subjective. There is no absolute standard of morality; therefore, no one should ever condemn any act or practice of another.

In fact the one Bible verse they do know is Matthew 7:1

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

They’re full of Self and they don’t need God, Jesus and His Resurrection!

One of the most terrifying verses found in The Bible answers these Humanist types in, let’s turn to:

Romans 1:21-32

21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

That’s the New America and Romans 1 is New Testament Judgment…

4. The fourth thing The Devil uses against the Death, Burial and The Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is: Lying and Deceitfulness.

Look at our text in Matthew 28 verse:

12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

In Chapter 27

The chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

They called Jesus a Deceiver in verse 63

63Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

They wanted Guards, which Pilate granted, and we know what happened next: The stone was rolled and He arose! He arose! He’s alive! He’s alive, Jesus is Resurrected!

But this doesn’t stop The Devil from trying to Deceive people, He’s the father of lies, and He’s got a bag of lies for the World to see.

The Three Big Lies and Deceit we’re told today are:

1. They’ll say: Jesus didn’t die

The skeptics have stated that Jesus survived the crucifixion that He was really unconscious on the cross, revived in the coolness of the tomb, snuck out of the Cave on Easter Sunday and fooled everyone into thinking he had risen from the dead. And then Crossed the Mediterranean Sea with Mary Magdalene got Married, had kids who became the Kings of Europe, Hello Davinci Code…

The whole purpose of crucifixion was brutal, agonizing death. No one could possibly survive beating, scourging, the torture of crucifixion, and being pierced by a spear. The Romans were good at killing people. It was one of their specialties. They knew the difference between a dead man and an unconscious man. Why did they stick a spear into Him?

Besides, if Jesus did somehow revive after so much physical torture, how did he roll the stone away and then give the appearance of perfect physical health on Sunday morning?

The second lie:

2. Maybe, The disciples, or The Jews or The Romans stole the body.

If the Jews stole the body, then all they had to do when the Christians said that Jesus had risen from the dead was to roll out the dead body of Jesus. They tried that trick with the Roman Guards in Matthew 28 verse 12 &13, even trying to persuade them with a bribe!

The third lie:

3. Mass Hallucination

Uh yeah hundreds of people all convinced themselves that they saw the same thing?

Church, The World, your friends may ask you about the Resurrection.

The Bible says in:

1 Peter 3:15

15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Here’s five answers you can use when confronted about The Resurrection:

1. There’s over 24,000 ancient New Testament manuscripts that are known to be in existence today, and they all say the same thing about the death, burial and Resurrection! Secular Writers such as Josephus…

2. We’ve got a Broken Roman Seal, a Large Stone moved; we’ve got grave clothes on site and no body. Ask them to explain it to you!

3. We’ve got Jesus’ appearance confirmed by over 500 witnesses, both supporters and hostile non-believers.

4. Look at the lives of The Apostles after all of this! Billions of Believers in Christianity; all because of 12 men who believed in Jesus Christ. Go home and read the Book of Acts to get some insight! These men all died violent deaths for their belief in the death burial and Resurrection!

5. No one ever found his body. There’s cemetery plot or cave or a box with the bones of Jesus, why? He arose for the dead and is in Heaven Sitting on a throne on the right side of The Father!

And the death, burial and Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is Good News! It’s The Gospel!

5. The fifth trick The Devil uses is Doubt. Look at v. 17 in Matt. 28:

17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

The Devil messes with your Brain, making you question your Faith in God, your Belief that The Bible as God’s Inspired, Perfect, and Preserved Book to us. The Devil will cause you to Doubt real Bible accounts. Jonah probably wasn’t a real story… Scientifically, The Flood never happened, The Death, Burial and Resurrection, it’s just a Happy Ending to the Easter Story…

Those TV shows on the National Geographic and History Channel…

6. The Sixth trick The Devil uses False Religions and all those False Religions deny the Resurrection. They teach what The Devil teaches.

They’ll say:

Jesus was a nice man, He did good things, He’s not God, He’s not your Saviour He may have died for your sins and was buried, but He certainly wasn’t Resurrected,

But Church, we have the truth! We have The Good News! We have The Gospel!

Paul writing of The Good News is found in: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:

1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

7. The last trick The Devil uses is that he tells you that you don’t need to believe in The Resurrection in order to be Saved.

Paul commenting on this says in 1 Corinthians 15:14 writes:

14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Vain has two definitions:

1. A high opinion of yourself. You’re so vain…

2. Vain also means producing no result. “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” No Resurrection, Vain Faith, No Salvation…

This is very important so listen up. Believing in The Resurrection is a part of God’s Plan of Salvation.

You cannot be Saved unless you Believe in The Resurrection!

Romans 10:9 says:

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

We’re Saved because of our Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and that He:

- Died for our Sins, - He was Buried, - And that He rose again on the third day!

John 11:25

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Don’t you let The Devil play tricks on You, Speaking of the Devil,

Hebrews 2:14

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Because of The Lord’s Resurrection, the Devil and Death have been Destroyed!

We’re to Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

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