EASTER

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ON THE ROAD – Luke 24:13-35

 

IN THE ROOM – John 20:19-29 

 

 

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WHAT THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU

 

If you’ve been to a store lately, you know that we have commercialized Easter as much as we have commercialized Christmas.  And just as Santa Claus is the world’s symbol of Christmas, the Easter Bunny is the world’s symbol for Easter.

 

I will concede that’s that it’s fun to receive and eat chocolate Easter Bunnies and Eggs, candy chicks and jelly beans.  And I’ll concede that the Easter Bunny is a likeable enough character.  But I can’t figure out what positive message the Easter Bunny has.  In fact my problem with the Easter Bunny is not in what he says, but what he doesn’t say.  He doesn’t give a true picture of the real meaning of Easter.

 

I want to share with you four things that the bunny won’t tell you about Easter that you need to know.  If you don’t know these four things about Easter, you will not have a full understanding of Easter and that could be permanently fatal.

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU THE PRICE OF EASTER

 

If there is any discernable message from the bunny, it is that we should buy.  We should buy the chocolate rabbits and eggs.  We should buy the stuffed toys and Easter baskets.  We should buy flowers and other gifts.

 

What the bunny doesn’t tell you is that the price has already been paid for you to enjoy Easter. 

 

Let me back up for a moment and explain that each and every person who ever lived was born as a sinner. Psalm 51:5

If a person lives just a short time he or she becomes a sinner in practice. Romans 3:23

 

Sin is anything that displeases God.

Murder displeases God.

Stealing at any level, big or small, displeases God.

Lying displeases God.

Adultery displeases God.

Impure thoughts displease God.

Unforgiveness displeases God.

Unjustified anger displeases God.

Disobedience to parents displeases God.

And many other things displease God as well.

 

When we sin, we become debtors to God.  When we sin, we owe God! How so?  God is a righteous, holy God.  God has decreed that someone has to pay for our sins. 

 

The logical conclusion is that we are the ones who should pay for our own sins.  Ezekiel 18:4 

 

We owe God because of our sins.  We deserve punishment.

But God in His love had another plan.  He sent someone to earth who had never sinned to take our place and to pay our debts.  That someone is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:6-9, John 3:16

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU THE POWER OF EASTER

 

The bunny will tell you of the power of fantasy.  You can find all sorts of animation and stories that have absolutely nothing to do with the true meaning of Easter.

 

Easter is a day when the power of God is demonstrated!

1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Mark 16:1-7

 

The tomb is empty.

Jesus is not there!

He is risen!

 

And for 40 days after the resurrection Jesus appeared to the disciples, proving to them that He was indeed alive from the dead.  Luke 24:36-43

 

There have been those who have been risen from the dead.

Jesus himself brought at least three people back from the dead.

Everyone else but Jesus died again. Jesus is still alive!

Revelation 1:18

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU THE PROMISE OF EASTER

 

The promise of Easter is simply this: JESUS IS THE FIRST TO BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD, BUT NOT THE LAST.

Through Him, everyone will be raised from the dead.

Those that have placed his faith and trust in Him will be raised to spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU THE PRIORITY OF EASTER

  

Jesus has already paid for your sins. Romans 6:10

 

There are people who think that forgiveness of sin comes from their own self effort, from their own good works.

They think if they do enough good stuff, God will accept them into Heaven.

 

There’s a problem with that theory. It’s not what the Bible teaches. John 14:16, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

The priority of Easter is that you accept the gift that Jesus has already paid for on the cross.  The priority is that you believe on Jesus Christ as your Savior.

 

1 John 5:11-12 - And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

   

THE BUNNY WON’T TELL YOU:

THE PRICE OF EASTER

THE POWER OF EASTER

THE PROMISE OF EASTER

THE PRIORITY OF EASTER

 

The bunny won’t tell you these things, but I just did.

If you haven’t already, will you trust the Lord Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life?

 

 

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Matthew 28:1-10

EASTER ANGEL

 

There’s lots said about the angels at Christmastime.  However, the angels were active at the resurrection as well.  Here is one such angel at work.

 

THE ANGEL’S ACTIONS – Vss. 1-4

He rolled back the stone.

He scared the guards.

 

THE ANGEL’S ANNOUNCEMENT – Vss. 5-7

They were not to fear.

Jesus was not there, but risen.

They were to see where the Lord had laid.

They were to tell the disciples.

 

THE ANGEL AUTHENTICATED – Vss. 8-10

Jesus appeared to the women and showed that what the angel had said was correct.

 

 

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Matthew 28

IT HAPPENED ON EASTER

 

SUPERNATURAL ACTIVITIES - Vss. 1-4

The earthquake - Vs. 2

The angel who rolled back the stone - Vss. 2-3

The frightened soldiers - Vs. 4

 

STARTLING ANNOUNCEMENT - Vss. 5-8

Jesus was not there! He arose from the dead! Vs. 6

They were to examine his empty grave. Vs. 6

They were to tell the disciples that Jesus would appear to them in Galilee. Vs. 7

 

SUPERB APPEARANCE - Vss. 9-10

The risen Jesus appeared to the women.

 

SUSPICIOUS ANSWER - Vss. 11-15

When word got around of the empty tomb and the resurrection, the religious leaders needed an excuse to deny the resurrection.  They bribed the guards.

 

SPECIFIC AGENDA - Vss. 16-20

The disciples were to fulfill the Great Commission.

 

 

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Matthew 28

THE GREATEST SUNDAY IN HISTORY

 

MIRACLE - Vss. 1-4

The stone was rolled away, not to let Jesus out, but to let people in to see the empty tomb.

 

MESSAGE - Vss. 5-7

Jesus was risen from the dead and the disciples needed to be told.

 

MANIFESTATION - Vss. 8-10

Jesus revealed Himself to the women who came to the tomb.

 

MISINFORMATION - Vss. 11-15

There was a cover-up of the truth by the authorities.

 

MANDATE - Vs. 16-20

The world is to be reached with the Gospel.

 

 

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Matthew 28:1-10, John 20:1-18

TOMB VISITORS

 

Consider giving a message on those that visited the tomb of Jesus.

 

THE KEEPERS WERE SCARED - Matthew 28:1-4

 

THE WOMEN HEARD - Matthew 28: 5-8, 9-10

 

MARY MISUNDERSTOOD - John 20:1-2, 11-18

 

PETER WONDERED - John 20:3-7, 9

 

JOHN BELIEVED - John 20:8

 

 

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Matthew 28:5-7

THE MESSAGE OF EASTER

 

Each holiday has a message.

The message of July 4th in the United States is the nation's independence from England.

The message of Memorial Day is the death of patriotic men and women who died from their country.

The message of Mother's Day is "mom".

The message of Father's is "dad".

The message of Christmas is the birth of Christ. We aptly say "Jesus is the reason for the season."

The message of Good Friday is the death of Christ for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

And what about this holiday?

To celebrate this holiday the secular world has given us the Easter Bunny, Easter candy, Easter rabbits, Easter dinner and Easter bonnets. Are these the message of Easter? The answer of course is "no"!

 

What is the message of Easter? The answer to that question is found in our text. " And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And 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."

 

There are four words in this text which I feel sum up the message of Easter.  There are others who have also expressed this idea.

The four words are imperatives.

They are commands.

 

COME!

By way of background, Jesus was dead! He had been betrayed by Judas, forsaken by His disciples, denied by peter, tried by the Sanhedran, condemned to die Pontius Pilate, crucified at Calvary, buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimithea.  On Easter morning women came to the tomb, concerned that they would be able to get in. Mark 16:3. But when they arrived they were in for the surprise of their lives! A great earthquake had taken place. Matthew 28:2 The angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and rolled back the stone. Matthew 28:2-4 When the women arrived they were told not to fear. The angel knew they were seeking Jesus. Matthew 28:5

 

The angels told the women to "COME".

This was an invitation often given in the Scriptures.

Ever since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned against a righteous and holy God, God has had His arms open, saying "Come".

He gave the promise of the Messiah who would have victory over Satan. Genesis 3:15

He used the ark build by Noah as a picture of coming to Him for the protection of salvation.

He invited the children of Israel to come out of Egypt. Later He invited them to come into the promised land.

He gives great invitations to come in Isaiah 55:1-3 and Revelation 22:17.

Jesus made that same great invitation in Matthew 11:28-30.

 

Have you labored under a load of guilt?

Have you been burdened with the awfulness of your sin?

Have you labored to get into Heaven, and are still not sure you're going to make it?

Have you been "heavy laden" with the load of trying to keep the Ten Commandments, or the precepts of a particular church?

JESUS SAYS "COME! COME UNTO ME!"

 

We come to Him who has left the tomb!

We come to Him that is risen from the dead!

We come to Him who is living right now in Heaven!

We come to Him who is offering forgiveness and salvation to all who believe! John 3:16

We come to Him who offers peace and power to all who have believed on Him! John 14:27, John 15:1-7

 

SEE!

I'd like to differentiate between the words "look" and "see".  When I look at something, I may not grasp what I'm looking at. I may not comprehend or understand.  But when I truly "see" something I grasp, comprehend, or understand it. I believe that's what the angel wanted the women to "see" or grasp, understand, and comprehend that the tomb was empty and that Christ had risen from the dead.

 

I believe God wants us to "see" that Christ is risen from the dead and is alive forever.

In seeing that God wants us to place our faith and trust in Him as our Savior. Romans 10:9-10

 

GO!

The women were told to go.

Jesus did not intend for anyone to stare continually into the empty tomb.

After we come to a point of seeing the empty tomb and trusting Christ as Savior, we are to go.

 

We are to go to learn more about Him. 2 Peter 3:18

We are to go to Him in prayer. John 14:13-14

We are to go with Jesus Christ, allowing Him to live through us. Galatians 2:20

We are to church and fellowship with other believers. Hebrews 10:24-25

We are to go to a lost and dying world. Acts 1:8

 

TELL!

The women were supposed to tell the disciples of the resurrection.

As someone has said, Christianity is one beggar telling another where to find bread.

There was once a demon-possessed man who was healed. He wanted to travel with Jesus.

Instead he was told to go home and tell the great things the Lord had done for him. Mark 5:19

It is our job to tell others what great things the Lord has done for us. Psalm107:2, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15

 

The message of Easter is "COME AND SEE. GO AND TELL!"

 

 

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Matthew 28

A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY

 

Easter and Christmas are perhaps the two greatest holidays for Christians.  Matthew 28 shows why Easter is so great.

 

THE MOVEMENT OF THE STONE - Vss. 1-4 - The stone is rolled away, not to let Jesus out, but to let the world in to see the empty tomb.

 

THE MESSAGE OF RESURRECTION - Vss. 5-8 - Jesus was not in the tomb. He had risen from the dead. The disciples needed to hear the great news.

 

THE MASTER OF COMPASSION - Vss. 9-10 - He appears to the women and encourages them during a time of great confusion.

 

THE MOCKERY OF DECEPTION - Vss. 11-15 - The Jewish leaders try to discredit the resurrection.

 

THE MANDATE OF EVANGELISM - Vss. 16-20 - Jesus appears to the disciples, and assigns them to the task of world evangelism.

 

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Mark 16

EASTER EVENTS

 

THE WOMEN WERE CONCERNED - Vss. 1-4

THE ANGEL WAS COMFORTING - Vss. 5-7

THE LORD WAS CONSPICUOUS - Vss. 9-10

THE APOSTLES WERE CALLUSED - Vss. 11-14

THE PLAN WAS MADE CLEAR - Vss. 15-20

 

 

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Mark 16

EASTER

 

MISSION OF LOVE - Vss. 1-4

 

MESSAGE OF VICTORY - Vss. 5-7

 

MEETINGS WITH MEANING - Vss. 8-14

Mary Magdalene - Vss. 9-11

Disciples on the road to Emmaus - Vss. 12-13, Luke 24:19-32

The Eleven - Vs. 14

 

MANDATE FOR EVANGELISM - Vss. 15-18

 

 

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Mark 16:9-15

THE FIRST EASTER

 

REVELATION - Vss. 9 and 12

Mark mentions Mary Magdalene and the two disciples who traveled on the road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-35) as those to whom Jesus appeared after resurrecting from the dead.

 

RESPONSE - Vss. 10, 11 and 13

The disciples did not initially believe the reports of Jesus' resurrection.

 

REBUKE - Vs. 14

Jesus appeared to the disciples and rebuked them for their unbelief.

 

RESPONSIBILITY - Vs. 15

After belief comes the responsibility of sharing the Good News with others.

 

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THE GREATNESS OF EASTER

Mark 16

 

Easter is a great holiday.  Mark shows us some of the greatness of Easter.

 

THE GREAT KINDNESS Vss. 1-3

  The women come to the tomb to anoint his body.

 

THE GREAT DISCOVERY Vss.4-5

  The tomb is empty!

 

THE GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT Vss. 6-8

  "He is not here!"

 

THE GREAT APPEARANCES Vss. 9-14

  Mary Magdalene Vss. 9-11

  Disciples on Road to Emmaus Vss. 12-13

  The Eleven Vs. 14

 

THE GREAT COMMISSION Vss. 15-18

 

THE GREAT CONCLUSION Vss. 19-20

  The Ascension. Vs. 19

  The preaching of the Gospel. Vs. 20

 

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Luke 24

LUKE'S EASTER STORY

 

PRECIOUS PROCLAMATION - Vss. 1-10

The angels made it clear that Jesus had risen from the dead.

 

PERPLEXED PEOPLE - Vss. 11-24

Both the Twelve and the disciples on the road to Emmaus expressed their doubts about the resurrection.

 

PROCLAIMED PRECEPTS - Vss. 25-37, 44-45

Jesus held "Bible Class" first on the Road to Emmaus and then in the Upper Room.

 

PERSONAL PRESENCE - Vss. 28-36

Jesus revealed himself first to the those on the Road to Emmaus, then to Peter, and then to The Twelve.

 

POWERFUL PROOF - Vss. 37-43

His hands and side

He was able to eat

 

PRESCRIBED PLAN - Vss. 46-49

They were to take the Gospel to the world.

 

 

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Luke 24:13-32

THREE FOR EMMAUS

 

A COMPASSIONATE QUESTION - Vss. 13-17

Jesus wanted to know why the two on the road to Emmaus were sad.

He cared about His followers. He still does.

 

A CONFUSED ADMISSION - Vss. 18-24

The two had thought that Jesus was the one who would redeem Israel. Now He was dead. They did not understand true redemption that Jesus secured on the cross.

They were also confused about the reports of an open sepulchre and the appearance of angels.

 

A COMPLETE EXPLANATION - Vss. 25-27

Jesus explained the events of his suffering and resurrection according to the Old Testament Scriptures.

 

A CLEAR REVELATION - Vss. 28-32

Jesus made it clear that He had indeed risen from the dead.

 

 

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Luke 24:13-32

JESUS IS THE ANSWER

 

JESUS IS THE ANSWER FOR SORROW - Vss. 13-24)

When there is sorrow, Jesus is there to listen. (Hebrews 13:5-6, Revelation 3:20)

 

JESUS IS THE ANSWER FOR CONFUSION - Vss. 25-27

He can take what confuses us and explain it.  He uses His Word. When we are confused we must not only pray for guidance but read the Bible.

 

JESUS IS THE ANSWER FOR JOY - Vss. 28-32, 41

If we want to be joyful, we must realize that we serve a risen Lord!

 

 

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Luke 24:13-35

JESUS DREW NEAR

 

When Jesus rose from the dead He ministered to hurting people.

He appeared to Mary Magdalene who was hurting because of the loss of her Master.

He appeared to Peter who was hurting because he had denied his Lord three times.

He appeared to 10 of the disciples who were hurting because they ran when Jesus was arrested.

He appeared to Thomas who was hurting because of his unbelief.

He appeared to as many as 500 disciples at one time. Many of these would have been hurting for some reason.

As we see our text, Jesus also appeared to two of His followers on the Road to Emmaus. They were also hurting.  It says in Luke 24:15, "Jesus himself drew near, and went with them."

Even today, when we are hurting, we find that Jesus draws near."

 

JESUS DRAWS NEAR DURING CONFUSION - Vss. 1-14

Jesus drew near to these disciples during confusing times. Just that week they probably had been involved with Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Then there was the betrayal, arrest, trial, conviction and crucifixion of their Lord.

Added to this were the events of Verses 1-14.  These men were certainly confused!

It is during our times of confusion that Jesus will draw near to help us.

When we hurt because of sickness, death, marital or family problems, financial difficulties or employment or school problems, Jesus will draw near to help us. Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 8:38-39, Hebrews 13:5

 

JESUS DRAWS NEAR WITH CONCERN - Vss. 15-17

He wanted to know why the disciples were sad.

He was desirous to help.

Even today, Jesus is present, always ready to listen and always concerned. Hebrews 4:15-16, 1 Peter 5:7,

 

JESUS DRAWS NEAR WITH CORRECTION - Vss. 18-27

Notice that Jesus listened to their concerns and then corrected them!

He taught them about Himself so that they would better understand the events that had just taken place. 

As we pray and study our Bibles during times of trouble, Jesus will correct us as well, and put us on the right path. 2 Timothy 3:16

 

JESUS DRAWS NEAR WITH COMFORT - Vss. 28-35

These disciples were comforted by Jesus' appearance. Vs. 31

Actually as Jesus taught the Scriptures to them their hearts "burned". This was a good heartburn. Vs. 32

Notice how quickly they shared their comfort with others.

Jesus will comfort us. As we get into the Word of God and prayer, we will see Him clearly and be comforted.

 

 

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Luke 24:33-53

EASTER EVENTS

(Good possibility for a Sunday School lesson)

 

REPORTS OF THE RESURRECTION - Vss. 33-35

 

REVELATION TO THE DISCIPLES - Vs. 36

 

RESPONSE OF TERROR - Vs. 37

 

REASSURANCE THROUGH TOUCH AND TASTE - Vss. 38-43

Jesus showed them His body and ate food.

 

REVIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES - Vss. 44-46

 

RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVANGELISM - Vss. 47-49

 

RETURN TO HEAVEN Vss. 40-53

 

 

Luke 24:13-53

OUT OF THE DEPTHS 

 

SORROW – Vss. 13-24 – The disciples were disappointed and confused.

SENSE – Vss. 25-27, 44-49 – Jesus explained the truth.

SIGHT – Vss. 28-43 – The disciples saw Jesus.

SONG – 50-53 – The disciples rejoiced.

 

 

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John 19:30-42 etc.

WHERE'S JESUS?

 

HE'S NOT ON THE CROSS - John 19:30-42

His work on the cross is finished! He hangs there no longer!

 

HE'S NOT IN THE TOMB - Mark 16

He's risen from the dead!

 

HE'S NOT PHYSICALLY ON EARTH - Acts 1:9-11

He has ascended into Heaven.

 

HE'S IN HEAVEN - Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3

 

HE'S KNOCKING AT YOUR HEART'S DOOR - Revelation 3:20

He's either knocking so you'll open the door for salvation (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9), or so that you'll open the door for fellowship with Him as a Christian.

 

 

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John 20:1-18

TALE OF THE TOMB

 

EXASPERATION - Vss. 1-2

Mary found an empty tomb. She thought someone had stolen the body.

 

EXAMINATION - Vss. 3-10

Peter and John examined the evidence. John believed.

 

EXPRESSION - Vss. 11-16

Jesus expressed his presence to Mary.

 

EXCLAMATION - Vss. 16-18

Mary was so excited that she clung to Him.

 

 

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John 20:1-23

HE IS RISEN!

 

DIFFICULTY OF AN EMPTY TOMB Vss. 1-10

DISCOVERY OF A RISEN SAVIOR Vss. 11-18

DISCLOSURE TO LOYAL DISCIPLES Vss. 19-23

 

 

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John 20:15

DON’T WEEP!

 

I used this as an Easter Sunrise message. However, this may be used at any time of the year.

 

Christians are to be a joyful people (Nehemiah 8:10, Philippians 4:4).  The problem with having joy is that we live in a real world.  There are times when we feel much like Mary Magdalene in John 20.  Her Lord and Master had been terribly mistreated and murdered.  Now, she has come to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, and the body is missing.  She did not realize that Jesus had risen, so out of sorrow and frustration, she stood outside the tomb weeping according to verse 11.

 

I am not deceived. Not everyone who comes church is ecstatic with joy.  In fact, some of you probably feel like weeping.  And even though some of you may not feel like weeping, your joy is hampered by events that have happened to you and your friends. Life is filled with sorrow.

 

There is the sorrow caused by hurt feelings.

There is the sorrow caused from being mistreated.

There is the sorrow caused by seeing others hurt and mistreated.

There is the sorrow caused by family difficulties.

There is the sorrow caused by strained relationships and lack of money and/or jobs.

There is the sorrow caused by sickness and death.

These sorrows create a barrier that makes it difficult for us to be joyful at Easter.

 

As Mary stood there weeping, she was asked by angels why she was weeping. John 20:11-13

 

Mary’s answer to their inquiry was the reason at the moment that she was weeping.  However, it was probably the culmination of sorrows over the previous days that also added to the weeping.

   

May I ask you a question, one to be answered silently?

Why are you weeping this morning?  You may not be literally weeping, but what is making you sad on this joyous holiday?

 

John 20:15 - Jesus appears to Mary, although Mary at first does not realize it.  And Jesus asked her “Woman, why are you weeping?”  Notice that Jesus cares when he asks that question.  However, I believe that he is also telling Mary that there is no longer a need to weep.

 

My friend, Jesus cares about what is causing you sorrow and He wants you to tell him when you have sorrows.  He cares enough to listen. Hebrews 4:15-16

   

It is interesting that Jesus turned her weeping into joy with just one word. He spoke her name.

 

John 20:16 - Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

 

Jesus basically communicated to Mary that she should not weep because Jesus, her master, was very much alive.

The Lord Jesus turned her sorrow into joy.

And this morning, the Lord Jesus wants your sorrow to be turned to joy.  It does not mean that your problems will go away.  But it does mean that we can rejoice in spite of our circumstances.    

 

So this morning, I say to you, if you are a born-again Christian, if you have trusted Christ as your Savior don’t weep!

 

 

DON’T WEEP! HE IS RISEN!

 

The announcements that the angles gave the women who came to the tomb, was that Jesus has risen.

The message Jesus gave the two disciples on the way to Emmaus was that He has risen!

The message to the apostles and to Thomas was that He has risen!

And Jesus appearing to Mary was declaring that He had risen!

 

And the message that God gives to us is that Jesus has risen! 1 Corinthians 15:20

 

Why is the resurrection a source of joy?

·        The resurrection proves that God has accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin.

·        The resurrection promises life after death. John 11:25-26

·        The resurrection shows us that Jesus is alive so he can indeed intercede in our behalf. Romans 8:34

   

DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REDEEMED!

   

When you were born, you were born into captivity.

You were born into the bondage of sin.

You are a sinner by nature.

You have willfully disobeyed God. Ephesians 2:1-3

 

In order for you to be set free from your bondage, someone had to pay for your sins and set you free.  This is what redemption is, the paying of a ransom to someone free.

This is what Christ has done for all of those that name Him as Savior. 1 Peter 1:18-19

 

It was not a ransom of silver and gold that was paid for your sin. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless son of God that was shed.  As John the Baptist said so long ago,    …Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) Romans 5:9

 

DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REGENERATED!

 

To be regenerated is to be born again. John 3:3.

 

If you have truly trusted the Lord Jesus as Savior, you have been literally born into the family of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is regeneration. John 3:5-8   

 

Why should you not weep because you have been regenerated?  You should not weep because you have new life in Christ now! 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Although you have problems, you have new life to see you through!

Although you still the devil is now your enemy you have new life to see you through.

Although there are times of depression and tears, you have the new life, the regenerated life to see you through!

You now have the ability to handle your difficulties through Christ! Romans 5:17

 

DON’T WEEP! HE IS RESIDING!

   

If you have been regenerated the Spirit of God and of Christ dwells in you.  He is living inside.  It is the Spirit of Christ who is present to comfort and help you. John 14:16-18  

 

How should the residence of Christ through the Holy Spirit encourage you?

·        It is the Holy Spirit that brings comfort to you when you hurt.

·        It is the Holy Spirit that tells you that you are a child of God. Romans 8:16

·        It is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to witness. Acts 1:8

·        It is the Holy Spirit that produces fruit. Galatians 5:22-23

·        It is the Holy Spirit that helps us to pray. Romans 8:26-27

  

So, if Jesus is residing inside of us, what should our response be to Him?

Our response should be to abide in Him, to remain close to have fellowship with Him.

John 15:4-5,7

 

DON’T WEEP! HE WILL RETURN!

 

John 14:1-3 - Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 

Jesus is coming back for us.

He might come and receive you personally by way of death.

Or you may be here when he comes for those who believe in Him. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

 

Christian, your life is temporary in this world.

Christian, at any moment you could be taken by death.

Christian, at any moment you could be taken home with all other Christians.

Christian, we have a blessed hope, and should act that way. Titus 2:11-13

 

DON’T WEEP! HE REIGNS!

  

Revelation 1:18 - I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

My friend, Jesus is God.

My friend, OUR GOD REIGNS!  

Rev. 22:13 - I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

 

Isaiah 52:7 - How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace, who brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

 

My friend, Jesus is very much alive and He reigns.

No matter what goes wrong, He reigns.

Not matter what difficulty you face, He reigns.

 

There is nothing that you face today that is out of the control of God.

YOUR GOD REIGNS – believe it!

YOUR GOD REIGNS – rest in Him!

YOUR GOD REIGNS – rejoice!

YOUR GOD REIGNS – relax!

 

 

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John 20:15

A PENETRATING QUESTION

 

There will be times of tears in our lives. (Psalm 30:5, Ecclesiastes 3:4, James 1:2-4)

After Jesus had been crucified there were many tears shed.

Mary Magdalene was in tears, not only because of the death of her Lord, but because she thought that someone stole His body. The risen Lord comes to Mary and asks "Woman, why weepest thou?"  In today's language he might say, "Lady, why are you crying/"

She didn't need to cry. She had a risen Lord.

 

CHRISTIAN, WHY ARE YOU CRYING?

 

JESUS IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD. - John 15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN. - Psalm 103:10-14, Colossians 1:12-14

 

YOU ARE GOD'S CHILD. - 1 John 1:12-13

 

GOD LOVES YOU. Romans 8:35-39

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVES INSIDE OF YOU. - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, John 14:16-18

 

JESUS IS COMING AGAIN! - Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

 

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John 20:19-29

A LIVING SAVIOR

 

APPEARANCE OF A LIVING SAVIOR - Vss. 19-20

 

AUTHORITY OF A LIVING SAVIOR - Vss. 21-23

He has authority to give peace.

He has authority to send the disciples to the world.

He has authority to provide the Holy Spirit.

He has authority to give the Apostles authority.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF A LIVING SAVIOR - Vss. 24-29

Thomas missed the first appearance of Jesus.

He expressed his doubts.

When Jesus appeared to Thomas the second time, he believed.

Jesus announces that the ones who do not see and still believed are blessed.

 

 

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

John 20:19-21

 

Some of the best times we have with friends and family are in private.

Such was the case when Jesus appeared to his disciples on Resurrection Night.  During this meeting Jesus gave to his disciples four things.

 

1. Peace To Enjoy Vs. 19

2. Proofs To Believe Vs. 20

3. Plans To Obey Vs. 21

4. Power To Appropriate Vss. 22-23

 

 

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John 20:19-23

WHEN JESUS APPEARED

 

When Jesus appeared to the disciples there was:

 

PEACE TO ENJOY - Vs. 19

PROOF TO BELIEVE - Vs. 20

PLANS TO OBEY - Vs. 21

POWER TO APPROPRIATE - Vss. 22-23

 

 

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John 20:24-29

DOUBTING THOMAS

 

STUBBORN DOUBT - Vss. 24-25

Thomas refused to believe in the resurrection, unless he saw it for himself.

 

SHUT DOORS - Vs. 26

At a time when the disciples were isolated from others Jesus again appeared while Thomas was present.

 

STRENGTHENING DEMANDS - Vs. 27

Jesus invited Thomas to examine Him and believe!

 

STEADFAST DECISION - Vs. 28

Thomas did believe and made his belief very certain. He called Jesus his Lord and his God.

 

SOOTHING DECLARATION - Vs. 29

This statement is for the benefit of those of often come after Thomas.

We can't see Jesus literally, but we are blessed when we trust Him without seeing.

 

 

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John 21:1-18

FISHING LESSONS

 

Jesus had promised to make the disciples "fishers of men". Matthew 4:19

This post-resurrection appearance can be applied to winning souls for Him.

 

DON'T FISH WITHOUT CHRIST - Vss. 1-6

The disciples went fishing without Jesus and caught nothing.

With Jesus' help the nets were full.

We can't expect to win souls to Christ without His enabling power. John 15:5

 

DON'T FRET OVER THE CATCH - Vss. 7-11

Often when we lead souls to Christ we worry about the sincerity of the decision and the consistency of the converts.  Just as the net held all the flesh, the Lord Jesus holds all those that sincerely trust in Him.  John 10:27-31

 

DON'T FUSS WHEN CORRECTED - Vss. 12-18

In order for Peter to be the very best fisher of men, Jesus needed to deal with issues in his life, and encourage him.  Jesus will correct us as well, to make sure we are good fishers of men. Hebrews 12:5-11

 

 

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John 21

BY THE SEA

 

The risen Savior made an appearance to Jesus and other disciples by the Sea of Galilee.  In this passage we see:

 

A BIG REVERSAL - Vss. 1-3 - Peter and others are returning to the old way of living. They were fishing.

 

A BIG REMINDER - Vss. 4-11 - The disciples are reminded of the power and the authority of the Lord Jesus with a very large catch of fish.

 

A BIG RECEPTION - Vss. 12-14 - The Disciples are invited by Jesus to "Come and dine."

 

A BIG RESTORATION - Vss. 15-18 - Jesus recommissions Peter to a ministry to the "sheep" and "lambs".  Peter was not through as an apostle. He was still useable.

 

A BIG REQUIREMENT - Vss. 19-22 - Peter is told about his future death.  And then he is instructed with one big requirement, true for all believers. We are to follow Jesus. Peter wanted to know about John's future, and Jesus basically told Peter that it was not Peter's business to know.

 

A BIG REFLECTION - Vss. 23-25 - John tells us that he was an the disciple that Peter was talking about. He also reflects on the fact that much more could have been written about the Lord Jesus.

 

 

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John 21

IT SOUNDS FAMILIAR

 

A FAMILIAR SCENE - Vss. 1-3

Peter and some of the other disciples decided to return to the familiar haunts of the fishing boat.

And like other times in the past, there were no fish to be caught!

 

A FAMILIAR SOUND - Vss. 4-6

It was the voice of the Lord Jesus. He was inquiring as to their wellbeing. When they reply that they have no "meat", he tells them to cast the net on the other side of the boat. There is a great catch.

 

A FAMILIAR STORY - Vss. 7-12

It is Peter, who as usual, reacts spontaneously. He grabs his coat and puts it on. He grabs the net to bring it in. Then he and the other disciples are invited to join Jesus for breakfast!

 

A FAMILIAR SPOTLIGHT - Vss. 13-18

The spotlight is on Peter!  It needed to be. Peter had publicly denied his Lord. He needed to publicly confess his Lord. He also needed to be publicly restored by Jesus so the other disciples will later follow his leadership.

 

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1 Corinthians 15:1-10

THREE REALITIES

 

People wonder about the authenticity and reality of the Easter story.

Paul answers that question, by showing us three things that are real that center around Easter.

 

THE REALITY OF REDEMPTION - Vss. 1-4

The facts of the Gospel of redemption are presented very concisely here. Christ died for our sins. He was buried. He rose again.

 

THE REALITY OF RESURRECTION - Vss. 5-7

Here are witnesses of the fact that Jesus did rise from the dead.

 

THE REALITY OF REGENERATION - Vss. 8-10

Jesus appeared to Paul. Paul was regenerated (born again) by the Spirit of God. His life was changed!

 

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1 Corinthians 15:1-10

RESURRECTION FOR EVERYONE

 

On Good Friday we remember the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross for our

sins.   He died for everyone. Anyone who trusts him can have forgiveness and eternal life.

 

On Easter Sunday we remember the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Just

as the death of Jesus Christ was for everyone, so is the resurrection. In 1

Corinthians 15:1-11 we have list of witnesses to the resurrection. I find it

striking that the resurrection of Christ was for each witness. It met a

need, having a purpose for witness. Perhaps as we study these particular

people this morning you see yourself as having the same need as one of these

witnesses.

 

Introduction - Vss. 1-4 (Stress the Gospel message of verses 3-4.)

 

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST WAS FOR:

 

THE DENIER - Vs. 5 - Peter who was so adamant about his loyalty denied

Christ 3 times. Matthew 26:70-74, Luke 23:54-62. When Jesus arose from the

dead, he appeared to Peter in Luke 24:52, and gave Peter special attention

in John 21. Peter, the denier, needed to know that he was forgiven and still

useful in ministry for Christ.

 

THE DESERTER - Vs. 5 - The Apostles are called "the twelve" even though

there was now 11. They had run when Jesus was in His darkest hour. Jesus

appeared to them with a message of Peace and commission. See John 20:19-23.

 

THE COMMON MAN - Vs. 6 - Here was a group of believers who hadn't

necessarily denied Christ. They were not necessarily distinguished people.

They were probably an average cross section of people, and yet Jesus

appeared to them. This reminds me that one does not have to be special to go

to Heaven, become saved, and feel the touch of the resurrection.

 

THE UNBELIEVER - Vs. 7 - This James was half-brother to Jesus. John 7:5

tells us that His brethren didn't believe on Jesus. James was touched by the

appearance of his brother. He became a believer.

 

THE MESSENGER - Vs. 7 - Here they are referred to as the apostles. They saw

Jesus more than once. As apostles, they were sent as messengers with the

Gospel. The Lord commissioned them to go out in Matthew 28:18-20. Because

they had seen the risen Lord they were effective messengers for Him. A true

witness for Christ must see Him as risen, or he has no message.

 

THE PERSECUTOR - Vss. 8-11 - Not only did Paul not believe in Jesus, but he

persecuted Jesus' followers. See Acts 8:1 and 9:1-2. The risen Jesus

appeared to Paul on the Damascus road (Acts 9).

 

Even those who persecute Jesus and His followers can be saved!

 

 

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1 Corinthians 15:20

CHRIST IS RISEN!

 

This morning's Easter Services have been a celebration of the fact that Christ is risen from the dead.  If there is one truth as necessary as the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross, it is the resurrection of Christ from the grave. The great news, however is that Christ indeed is raised from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

1 Corinthians 15:20 - But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 

This little verse tells us three important things about the resurrection.  It tells of:

 

THE IMMEDIACY OF THE RESURRECTION

 

We live in a "now" society.

We want immediate gratification.

That's one of the reasons credit card debt is so high for so many.  We don't want to wait to save to buy something. We want it now.

 

Most of us don't like to wait for anything.

 

There is one thing we don't have to wait for.  We are not waiting for the resurrection of Christ to take place.  We are not hoping that one day Jesus will come out of the grave. He has already come out of the grave. But now is Christ risen from the dead

 

The fact that Christ is already risen from the dead is important because it shows us that God accepted the sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins.

 

The immediacy of Jesus' resurrection is also important because of where Jesus is. He is in Heaven! Acts 1:9-11, Hebrews 1:1-3

 

The one who died for you, sits at the right hand of the throne of God to represent you! He is your advocate! 1 John 2:1-2

 

If you are a born again Christian, Jesus died for your sins.

Because you are a Christian God does not want you to sin.

However, there are times when we do sin.

When we fail God we have an advocate, a lawyer, "one called along side to help", sitting at the right hand of the throne of God.  He is there to represent us.  I imagine that when we sin, He might say to God the Father, "Father, He's mine, I died for that sin."  

 

As Christians, we should strive to live holy lives. 1 Peter 1:15-16

And when we sin, we are to confess that sin, and forsake it. 1 John 1:9

But isn't it nice to know that we have a risen Savior, who's there representing us when we sin.  Sin should never be taken lightly, but it's nice to have help.  

   

Not only is Jesus in Heaven now as our advocate, He's there as our high priest. Hebrews 4:14-16

 

I have had the pleasure of having friends who can sometimes say, "I know exactly how you feel, because I've been through the same thing."

 

In Heaven, you have a high priest that not only speaks in your behalf to the Heavenly Father, but He knows just how you feel and what you are going through. He was tempted just like we are.  Now Jesus might not have faced the same situation that you do, but He has faced the same types of temptations that you have faced.

 

·        Have you been tempted to worry? So has Jesus.

·        Have you been tempted to give up? So has Jesus.

·        Have you been tempted to steal? So has Jesus.

·        Have you been tempted to be dishonest? So has Jesus.

·        Have you been tempted to be lazy? So has Jesus?

·        Have you been tempted to lose your temper? So has Jesus?

 

What's the difference between your temptation and that of Jesus?  Jesus was tempted and never sinned. We have been tempted and often succumbed to sin.

   

Because Jesus is alive now and sitting at the right hand of God,

You are encouraged to "come boldly before the throne of grace to find grace to help in time of need."

 

So, when you worry, come to Jesus.

When you want to quit, come to Jesus.

When you are tempted to do wrong, come to Jesus.

He is there for us.

When we don't know which way to turn because problems seem so great, come to Jesus!

 

All of the great work that is done is by the Lord Jesus Christ is done by a resurrected Jesus Christ!  For NOW is Jesus risen from the dead!

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

 

But now is Christ risen from the dead

 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is important, because the death of the Lord Jesus is important.

Every one of us will face death unless Jesus comes back before we die.

 

For most of us, when we die it will not be international news or even national or state news.  Our death will only be significant to a few people.

 

Jesus death was important because of who He was.

He was God in the flesh.

He was God in human form. John 1:1-4

 

 Jesus' death was also important because of why he died.  

Ezekiel 18:4 - …the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

 

 Jesus did not sin. Therefore Jesus was not required to die.  

So why did He die?

He died to pay for your sins and mine. Isaiah 53:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

When Jesus died on the cross He had accomplished everything He was supposed to accomplish in this life. That's why He cried "It is finished!

   

So we know why Jesus died.  He died for us. His death is important.  But His resurrection is also important.  When Jesus rose from the dead, it proved that God had accepted Jesus' sacrifice for sin.  Isaiah 53:10

 

The resurrection of Christ from the dead is also important, because it is a living Savior who offers us eternal life.  It is a man who conquered death that is offering us forgiveness and a life in Heaven!   

 

It is a living Savior who says in Revelation 3:20, Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 

 It is faith in this living Savior that brings us forgiveness and eternal life. Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:9-10 - 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. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

Have you placed your faith and trust in Christ?  

  

THE IMPLICATION OF THE RESURRECTION

 

1 Corinthians 15:20 - But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 

According to John MacArthur, when it was harvest time in Israel, the Israelites were to bring some of their crops as an offering to the Lord before they harvested the crop. This was called the "first fruits". John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 1 Corinthians, © 1984, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, p. 416

 

The implication of the resurrection for us is that Christ is the "first fruits" of them that slept.  Those who sleep are those who know Christ as Savior but are dead.

 

The fact that Christ is the first fruits of the resurrection implies that others will follow. In fact this resurrection is promised right in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23

What does this mean for us?

It means that one day we, who are Christians, will have a new, resurrection body.

It means that not only need we not fear death because our spirits go to Heaven, we need not fear death because we, like Christ, will rise out of the grave. 1 Corinthians 15:52-55

 

This also means that all those Christians whom we have loved who have passed away will also have resurrection bodies. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18    

What tremendous implications we have.  

 

 

 

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1 Corinthians 15:51-58

BECAUSE OF EASTER

 

Because of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, we look forward to our own resurrection. Here we find:

 

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

1 Corinthians 15:51 - Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

 

SOMETHING DYNAMIC

1 Corinthians 15:52-53 - In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

 

SOMETHING DELIGHTFUL

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 - So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. [55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? [56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. [57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

SOMETHING DEMANDING

1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 

 

 

 

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