Resurrection Sunday - Easter 2020

Jesus didn’t come to make bad people Good; He came to make dead people Alive.

John 11:17-27 (ESV)
17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles[a] off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[b] 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?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

DEAD ENDS

DEAD IN YOUR DOUBTS

John 11:16 (ESV)
16 So Thomas, called the Twin,[a] said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

DEAD IN YOUR DISCOURAGEMENT

John 11:20 (ESV)
20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.

DEAD IN THE DELAY

John 15:13 (ESV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

1. Open our minds to God’s power.

Romans 12:2 (ESV)
2 Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[b]
1 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

2. Open our hearts to God’s love.

John 15:13 (ESV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Romans 6:23 (ESV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

3. Open our lives to God’s Grace.

Luke 23:39-43 (ESV)
39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[a] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

CONSIDER THE ETERNAL MESSAGE OF JESUS.

Romans 3:22 (ESV)
22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.

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