Easter Week 2020

 

Easter Sunday “There is No Life Among Dead Things” – (4/12/20) Luke 24:1-35

Intro: Recap-walk through the previous days for them…

Read Luke 24:1-12

I. The Living God is not Among Dead Things

A. v.5 “Why do you seek…?” – they followed the natural pattern of things

  • Burial procedure
  • Jesus’ prophecy had not yet altered their routine

B. He was no longer just their Teacher/Rabbi (John 20:16)-He is the risen Lord!

C. The graveyard represents the efforts of man-which dies with each one (Muhammed, Buddha, Lenin, etc.)

D. Even the Law itself could not give life

II. The Truth of God is not Among Dead Things

Read-John 24:13-35

A. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6)

Christianity is more than set of fixed events in history, it’s a daily, real-time connection

B. Everything about Jesus is alive

  • His Kingdom is forever
  • His promises are on-going
  • His word will always enduring-(Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the divisions of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart”)

C. His word should ignite our hearts like it did theirs (v.32)

III. The Power of God is not Among Dead Things

I Corinthians 15:54-58

A. The sting of death is sin-the hopelessness of the fallen condition

Earthly solutions and ideas fall short (like the political savior they had hoped for)

B. The presence of sin renders the verdict of death-the eternal kind

C. There is no power just in knowledge of Christ and the scripture

D. Faith in Christ is a triumphant life to those who believe (2 Corinthians 2:12-17)

The power of God is among the living!

IV. Conclusion

Question – What are seeking? Dead things or living things?

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Easter Week – 4/5/20 Palm Sunday “Three Kinds of Belief”

John 12:37-50

Intro: If the quarantine for large gatherings lasted 6 months or longer, what would the level of regular engagement with online sermons/church be? Why?

Read John 12:37-50 (NOTE: right after triumphal entry)

I. There is Belief that’s Momentary

Consider John 2:23-25

A. v.37 – “Although He had done…”

B. v.40 – belief that is SHORT of the “TURN” – (the harder the truth, the lesser the interest-no repentance)

C. v.40 – the acceptance of an “UNHEALED” status

D. v.42-43 – the preference for man’s acceptance over God’s

II. There is Belief that is Growing

  • Organic in its nature-seed-sprout-sapling-tree
  • John Ch.3 & John 19:38-42 (read)

A. Fear can be a powerful obstacle to overcome (v.42)

B. Growth is a process – may involve time and multiple people (as Paul described)

C. Roots are essential – (like the parable of the seeds)

III. There is Belief that’s Acted On

A. v.44 – Belief in Jesus IS belief in God

  • To truly believe in God is to believe in Jesus (His Son and Messiah)
  • Jesus did not come to judge, but His word will be (v.48)

B. v.45 – Seeing Jesus IS seeing God

  • Everything about Jesus is God (NT compliments OT)
  • Everything about God is Jesus (He’s unchanging – OT compliments NT)

C. v.46 – Abiding in Light is NOT abiding in darkness

IV. Conclusion

Question – How does this influence your prayers? And your efforts?