Easter Sunday

Because Jesus Lives:  It Changes Everything

Selected Scriptures

Pastor John Lloyd

April 21, 2019  Resurrection Sunday

 

Luke 24: 44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and  forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name

 

John 14:19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

 

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”



Big Idea:   Because Jesus lives, it changes everything!

 

I.              Why we ________________ Jesus lives.

 

Ephesians 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.  Luke 24:44-47 I Cor. 15:13

 

“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

 

1.   Jesus’ appearances  I Corinthians 15:5-8

2.   The changes in the disciples lives  (They became willing to die) (Acts 5:28-30)

3.   The empty tomb  (Matthew 28:6-7)

4.   Early proclamation of the Message.  (Acts 2:22-32)

5.   Conversion of James. (John 7:5, Acts 1:3, 15:13)

6.   Conversion of Paul.  (Acts 9:4-5)

7.   Changed lives here today!

 

Prayer:  Lord please open my mind and soul to understand what you have done, what you are doing, and what you would like to do in my life.

 

II.            Because He lives, supernatural ________________ are available.

 

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.

 

Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus [4] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

 

Ephesians 3:16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

 

Philippians 3:10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings,

 

Power over sinful destructive habits (Romans 6:6 &11)

Power to love anyone, even enemies (Romans 5:5, Matthew 5:44)

Power to pray with power (Romans 8:26)

Power to give new life (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Power to forgive (Luke 23:34, Ephesians 4:32)

Power to be restored (John 21:17)

 

“But resurrection is not just consolation-it is restoration.  We get I all back-the love, the loved ones, the good, the beauties of this life—but in new, unimaginable degrees of glory and joy and strength.” Keller

 

III.          Because He lives,  ____________ is conquered.

 

 

Hebrews 2:14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (2 Tim.1:10)

I Corinthians 15:54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

 

“The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all his people.  Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence.  Easter says you put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise.” Clarence Hall. (Isaiah 25:8, Psalm 16:10)

 

Matthew 28:6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.

 

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  Philippians 3:10 That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings becoming like him in his death,

 

Reflection:  What do I believe about the resurrection?  Where do I need resurrection power in my life?  Am I willing to yield control of my life to Jesus?

 

IV.           Because He lives, I must __________ this good news with others.

 

John 9:25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

 

John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit..

 

Romans 10:9 Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

John 11:27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

 

Because He lives, any life can be transformed!

 

More Resurrection Passages for reflection this week:

 

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

 

I Corinthians 15:42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.

 

Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.

 

Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,

 

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

 

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

 

Romans 1:4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

 

2 Corinthians 1:21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 

 

Revelation 1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades

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