Easter Sunday - Experiencing the Power of the Resurrection
*Sooner or later we realize that everything in life is running out and becoming empty.
Quote:“The truth of the resurrection gives life to every other area of gospel truth. The resurrection is the pivot on which all of Christianity turns and without which none of the other truths would much matter. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be so much wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation.” - John MacArthur
*The empty tomb of Jesus brings hope and happiness to a world that is hollow and hurting!
Quote: “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” - Tim Keller
“Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.”
*The resurrection is not great doctrine only, it is a testimony of how people have come to believe on Christ and submit to his Lordship.
*The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels.
*Belief in the Resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith.
1. John believes!
2. Peter doubts!
3. Mary sobs!
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
I John 1:1-4
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full."
*Our emptiness is filled with joy when we believe in Jesus Christ.
Quote: “Joy is something very deep and profound, something that affects the whole and entire personality. In other words it comes to this; there is only one thing that can give true joy and that is contemplation of the Lord Jesus Christ. He satisfies my mind; He satisfies my emotions; He satisfies my every desire. He and His great salvation include the whole personality and nothing less, and in Him I am complete. Joy in other words is the response and the reaction of the soul to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” - Martin Lloyd Jones
I John 5:11-12
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
*In the lowest points of our life Jesus is always there.
I Corinthians 1:26, 27
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”
*Experiencing the power of the resurrection changes your life!
I Peter 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:”
I Corinthians 1:17, 18
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
Quote: “Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” John Piper
Quote: “Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” John Stott
Quote: “Only those who are truly aware of their sin can truly cherish grace.” C.J. Mahaney
I. The Cross Is The Place Where Jesus Paid The Penalty For Sin
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Colossians 2:13, 14
“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”
II. The Cross Was The Place Where Jesus Provided The Only Way For Us To Be With The Father
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. 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.”
III. It Is Still The Preaching Of The Cross That Has The Power To Change Lives
Quote: “Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.” Ravi Z.
1. A sin to confess
2. A burden to leave
3. A soul to reach
Luke 22:24 “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.”
1. You Can Really Tell What Kind Of Servant You Are When You’re Actually Treated Like One.
Quote: “There are many of us who are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do the little things.” Moody
Quote: “Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody; forty years learning he was nobody; and forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody.” Moody
2. Your Capacity To love Is Directly Related To Your Capacity To Humble Yourself.
*People who are puffed up with pride never get low and serve others.
Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
*The nature of our salvation is a high call to get low and serve.
3. There Is Very Little Hope You Will Ever Be Happy Unless You Obey Jesus.
*Blessings flow from obedience.
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
*Joy is knowing Jesus and being known of Him and making Him known.
4. We Need To Confess Our Sins And Keep A Clear Conscience
I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”