Jesus is the one that can satisfy our hunger.
JOHN 11:25 –Jesus said to her, “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
- Celebrating with excitement the joy of Jesus’ resurrection!
- Imagine the awe, wonder, and excitement when Mary came to the tomb and found the stone rolled away & the empty tomb!
- She ran to the disciples with the news, and they ran back to check it out, and there was quite a stir…!!
- MATTHEW 28:5-8 – …the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for HE IS RISEN, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that HE IS RISEN from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
HE IS RISEN!
He is risen! (Repeat/echo)
Christ the Lord is risen indeed! (Repeat/echo)
EVENTS (Matthew 28)
- On the 1st day of the week
- A great earthquake
- An angel of the Lord descended from heaven
- The angel came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.
- His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.
- the guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
- Philippians 3:10 – …that I may know Him and the POWER of His RESURRECTION…
- ROMANS 1:4 – declared to be the Son of God with POWER according to the Spirit of holiness, by the RESURRECTION from the dead.
- What does it mean to experience the POWER of the Resurrection in our lives?
- New life
- Miraculous POWER / changed life
- Boldness to witness
- POWER to live an “overcoming life”
- POWER to do God’s will, and to live a righteous life
- POWER to praise and give thanks
- The anointing of the POWER of the Holy Spirit
- JESUS is our resurrection POWER!
- MATTHEW 28:18 – Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All POWER (authority) has been given to Me in heaven and on earth…
- Is RESURRECTION more POWERFUL than death?
- 2 TIMOTHY 1:10 – but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…
- I CORINTHIANS 15:54,57 – When this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality… “Death is swallowed up in VICTORY.”…But thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- JOHN 11:25 – “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!”
- MARK 22:32 – …not the God of the dead, but of the living!
- Jesus came after He had been dead 4 days! (John 11:39)
- The stone was removed!
- If you believe… Nothing is too difficult for God!
- Matthew 12:40 – For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
- Valley full of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1)
- Prophesied life (37:4-6)
- They lived! (37:7-10)
- They stood – a great army! (37:10)
- Jesus prophesied of it ahead of time…
- MATTHEW 26:32 – …after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee… (Mark 14:28)
- Can we really know that Jesus rose from the dead?
- The tomb was empty
- Miracles of nature
- Obstacles to escape from the tomb were overcome
- The dramatic transformation of the disciples
- The ministry of the 40 days (infallible proofs – (SURE – NO POSSIBLE ERROR!)
- They were eyewitnesses!
- The very existence of the Church
- Proven in history – through the Scriptures, and through personal experience.
JESUS BRINGS CHANGE
- This truth can turn the world upside down, & change the world!
- Physical changes in healing
- Spiritual changes
- Changes in relationships
- Something to continually celebrate – the TRUE & LIVING GOD!
- Jesus lives in us, and gives us LIFE! – It’s a NEW & LIVING WAY OF LIFE!
- Jesus is our hope of resurrection… Let’s receive Him!
- Jesus is the only way… our basis of SAVING FAITH!
- It is the source of POWER!
- It is the source of VICTORY!
THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO – In England years ago, there was a famous battle – “ The Battle of Waterloo” The British Captain, Wellington was over the armed forces that would fight Napoleon — who had never been defeated.
In London, they knew that if Wellington was defeated in this critical battle they would become slaves to Napoleon. They waited anxiously for the news. A man was painting the outcome of the battle on a signboard.
As the man was writing/painting on the signboard — The fog settled in. All they could see was “Wellington Defeated”… that was all they could see. They were shocked and grieving & with great sorrow with the news.
However, as some were still standing in the streets, and the fog lifted so they could see the whole message – they saw that the message had a missing word
“Wellington Defeated Napoleon” the message turned from sorrow to joy that day!
On Calvary – “Jesus Christ Defeated”. – 3 days later at the dawning of a new day… the message turned “Jesus Christ Defeated Satan, hell, the grave, & your sin & shame”
Calvary was the devil’s “waterloo” – he was defeated once and for all!
- I Corinthians 15:57 – O death, where is your sting? O grave (Hades), where is your victory?” …But thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Let’s be THANKFUL & PRAISE THE LORD!
- Let’s be WITNESSES!
- Let’s share the gospel!
GOD IS ALIVE!
- Let’s know and believe that GOD IS ALIVE! He is the LIVING GOD!
- JESUS IS ALIVE!! AMEN!
- REVELATION 1:18 – I am He who LIVES, and was dead, and behold, I AM ALIVE forevermore. Amen.
- Our Lord Jesus Christ is the TRUE & LIVING GOD!
- JEREMIAH 10:10 – The LORD is the true God, He is the LIVING GOD, and an everlasting king:…
- I KINGS 18:21-38 – Elijah and the servants of Baal
- I THESSALONIANS 1:9 – …how you turned to God from idols to serve the LIVING and TRUE GOD..
- I JOHN 5:20 – …we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is TRUE; and we are in Him who is TRUE, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE.
- JOHN 14:6 – Jesus said unto him, I AM the way, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, no man comes unto the Father, but by Me!
JESUS IS TRUE!
- He cannot lie! (Hebrews 6:18)
- Titus 1:2 – In hope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie, promised before the word began…
THE LIVING GOD
- People are hungry & thirsty for the LIVING GOD!
- Psalm 42:2 – My soul thirst for the LIVING GOD…
- LUKE 24:52,53 (after the ascension) And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
- PSALM 107:2 – Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy…
- Our lives are to be a present-day testimony to our LIVING LORD AND SAVIOR!
- I PETER 1:3 – …according as His abundant mercy has begotten us again unto A LIVELY (LIVING) HOPE by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
- JOHN 11:25 – “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!”