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19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus) one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Matthew 10:39 – 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Isaiah 53:5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
1 Peter 2:24-25
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
– We have a Jesus who walks with us in our grief
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
-We have a Jesus who understands us in our grief
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;
We had hoped…
We are in a place as a country and a world where we had hoped…
21 but (we had hoped) that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how (slow to believe) all that the prophets have spoken!26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
– We have a Jesus who talks to us in our grief
B. The Scriptures
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
– We have a Jesus who stays with us in our grief.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?
-We have a Jesus who helps us to hope again.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Easter Sunday Sermon Notes
This is a little different this morning for all of us
I can’t remember ever not being in a church building on Easter Sunday Morning. The church building is empty this morning just like the tomb where Jesus was laid. But the church is very much alive today because Christ is Alive. He has risen…If we were in the same building today, you would shout back with excitement…He has risen indeed.
This is my first Easter that I have not preached in a building and not the last.
This message cannot be Confined, Constrained, or Controlled
This is a message that will change that has changed the world … may this message today… change us.
We are more alive today than we have ever been. We have been landed several blows in the last month….but you need to hear me say.
No matter how difficult and dark life can be….The sun will come out…we will get through this … Life is worth it, if for no other reason ——Because Jesus Lives!
And because He lives … We can face Tomorrow…because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know who holds the future…Life is worth the living just because He Lives.
I couldn’t share this message today from my kitchen table sitting down. This is a message that must be delivered standing up.
He is Risen …He is Alive … My Jesus has defeated death! He has conquered death…Oh it was difficult on Good Friday – when the light of the world went out.
But Easter is a message of Hope and Triumph
The light of the world is been turned back on and there isn’t anything that can ever make it go out again.
New Living Translation
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.
Luke 24:1-12 – why do you look for the living, among the dead?
Read this with me….verse 1
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning,
Some of you got up real early for our sunrise reflection with Pastor Gordon. Some very meaningful thoughts were shared with us.
As they (women) made their way in the dark, to the tomb where Jesus has been laid to rest, they did do with very heavy hearts.
How many of our listeners today have felt what feels like to have a heavy heart?
Life is heavy…Life is hard…They had entered the early stage of grief. Their hopes and dreams had crumbled…
They were mourning the (loss) of their Lord. The past few days, were the most difficult days of their lives. Talk about an emotional roller coaster.
Over the past several weeks…we have been mourning the loss of that other world we use to know. It was as if we went to bed and woke up to a different world. Our world changed overnight.
We are not alone is our grief, in our loss, in our loneliness, or in our changing world.
The women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
They went to the tomb expecting to find things the way that they were left. Jesus was dead and they were showing up to anoint his dead body.
But when they arrived…things were not the way they were the night before.
The Stone was rolled in front of the tomb and guarded by soldiers.
2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were (wondering) about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning (stood beside them)
In our darkest moments…we have a Jesus who is standing with us…he is standing beside us!
5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them,
“Why do you look for the living among the dead”
Oh may He shed some light on our lives and in our hearts today. May our changing world be used to change us.
You are not going to find life among the dead
Where are we looking for meaning and purpose of life? Many are looking in all the wrong places. Some of you who are listening to this message today, and you still haven’t found what you are looking for. Have we been placing our hope and trust in all the wrong things?
What really matters to you…Faith, Family, and friends. In that order for me.
We are all guilty of getting too comfortable with a world that is passing away. We have been planning and investing in things that are not eternal or forever.
1 John 2:17 (NIV)
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Maybe you are (wondering) what just happened? In the course of just a few weeks everything has changed.
Where can I find peace, joy, purpose, meaning, fulfillment in life?
1 Peter 1:18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from (the empty way of life)
handed down to you from your ancestors,
Life is empty without Christ! The empty way of life…we are trying to fill our lives.
I have lived long enough to know that Jesus is the only one that is going to fill your heart.
6 He is not here; he has risen!
For if he was still there…we would have some even bigger problems than we have now. The impossibility of experiencing Jesus in our lives…is a living hell.
But because he lives…and only because He lives…this Possibility can become reality for us today.
Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”
The cross had to happen! There was no other way to put us back into a right relationship with God the father.
8 Then they remembered his words.
They remembered and received his words (vs. 8)
Whose words are we listening to and believing day?
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.
They reported the empty tomb (vs.9)
11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
Their message sounded like nonsense and was not believed or received.
1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
The Death, Burial, and resurrection is what makes salvation possible this morning.
Romans 10:8-10 (NIV)
The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved
12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
We have a God who is still Rolling Stones
There are distractions, obstacles and challenges in our lives that keep us from truly living!
Christ desires for you to live life to its fullest!
We have a God who defeated Death / That is where our hope rests this morning.
I’ve said it before…a dead Jesus isn’t going to do me any good. Thanks be to God …I’m not praying to a dead Jesus. He is very much alive. I challenge you this morning on the Easter Sunday morning as we live in an ever changing world to put your faith, hope, and trust into the hands of a never changing God.
Let’s pray –
I will do an introduction and after my introduction
I will say something like …
Restrictions have been placed on us and the way we spend our time. My prayer is that we would heed the words of …
Ephesians 5:17 –
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
KJV version says it this way … Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Colossians 4:5 –
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
-Recognition of a need… The Lord Needs it!
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
See… Matthew 25:31-46
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
When we meet the basic needs of people, it opens the door for us to introduce them to their greatest need- Jesus!
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
-Recognition of all the miracles.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
-Recognition of the Coming of the King
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
Why did Jesus Cry over the City? Jesus was able to ‘See’ things for how they were.
-Recognition of What Brings Peace?
42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
-Recognition of What Brings Peace?
Without the Prince of Peace in your life…you will never be able to experience or know peace.
43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another,
because you did not (recognize the time) of God’s coming to you.”
Recognition of the time
Have you ever viewed this time of crisis as God coming to you?
2 Corinthians 1:3-11: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. Who or what are we relying on in our times of crisis? 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
James 5:13: Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.
2 Chronicles 20:12: Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Matthew 14:22-33: 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid. 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Romans 4:18-22: 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Luke 24:21: but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.
Romans 8:24-25: 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Colossians 1:27: To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1 Corinthians 15:9: If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18: 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
In this message, Dr. Wes Beavis and his wife Ellie, longtime acquaintances of Pastor Shane’s, came to talk to the church as mental health professionals. Come listen and be encouraged.
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
We have a Savior that is greater than our struggle.
Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
- There was a time when this man wore clothes.
- There was a time when this man lived in a home.
- There was a time when this man lived in community with others.
- There was a time when this man was in his right mind.
- You are not defined by your struggle.
- You are not destroyed by your struggle.
- You are delivered from your struggle.