Synopsis: Can you imagine what it would have been like to have been with the early disciples when "breaking news" reached them that Jesus' tomb was vacant! This news no doubt brought agitation in the minds of some; excitement and bewilderment in the minds of others; it was the worst news for some and the best news for others! Jesus actually said, however, that those who believed Christ was risen without having seen physical evidence were more blessed than those that did! (See John 20:29). The life-impacting truth being extracted from this passage is this: Christ's resurrection inspires the expression of faith. The sight of the risen Christ is what we really need and will be dramatically life-changing when that happens! How do we know when we have seen the risen Christ with the eye of faith? There are four evidences. Tonight we cover two of them.
Synopsis: Today many are celebrating Easter in a variety of ways. For born-again believers, we realize the significance of of this holiday lies with the historical fact of Christ's literal, bodily resurrection from the tomb, three days after His death. So today we celebrate the risen Savior! If I were to ask you, "What is the reason for Christ's resurrection?", how would you answer that? Why was it so necessary for Christ to physically emerge from the tomb in a new, resurrected body that still bears the scars from His recent crucifixion? Our text today answers those questions!
Synopsis: Why do the righteous have hope in their death? How is that hope obtained? Is there really life after death? Or do we just hope there is and hope that we believed right? What if there is no resurrection?
Our text helps us today understand the significant consequences if Christ never rose from the dead and what happens if He really did!
Synopsis: What is it about the resurrection of Christ that presents a message that we are to embrace and find therein great hope and blessing? There are three characteristics about it presented in our text today.
Synopsis: Wouldn't it be great if we could forget our troubles just as easily and quickly as we forget our blessings that God sends our way? In tonight's text, God's Word teaches us that there is something very important we must constantly keep before us in our thinking or we will get discouraged when hardships come. What is it we are to remember? Why must we remember it?
Synopsis: What specifically were these ladies to remember about what Christ taught regarding His resurrection? Because we must remember the same! In today's message, learn two specific things that must be remembered about Christ's triumphant exit from the tomb on the third day after His death!
Synopsis: There are three key gardens mentioned in the Bible that present to us a summary of the Gospel message. The resurrection of Christ is the climactic event that brings great blessing when these gardens are considered.
Synopsis: In this two part Easter message, we look at John 20 to see two great benefits of Christ's resurrection. In this second message we look at the second benefit, "The Resurrection Encourages a Forward-Looking Expectation."
Synopsis: John 20 records two great benefits of the Resurrection of Christ. In this message we look at the first benefit that is indicated by the repetition of the idea of "seeing" that occurs 15x's in 29 verses but is the translation of 4 different Greek words, each one indicating a different nuance to the idea of seeing. Tracing the use of the words, you can see the progress of faith by which the disciples "see" what Christ and the OT prophets had predicted! As you work your way through this chapter, you will discover four ways in which we can tell if we too have seen the risen Christ, not with our physical eye but with the eye of faith. As the resurrection impacted the lives of these first century disciples, so it can have the same impact on us!