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The Easter story is a love story. It's the perfect story about a love that conquered even death itself. But how does the Easter story impact our stories? In this Easter message, Pastor Jeremy explains 1) The Hero of the Story, 2) The Mystery of the Story, and 3) The End of the Story and how it relates to our every day lives.
At Christmas, we love to celebrate the fact that the Word became flesh and lived among us, and so we should. But, as Tom Wright wrote, if you take away Christmas, you lose a couple of chapters in Matthew and Luke but if you remove Easter and the Resurrection, you lose the whole New Testament! Easter is the most glorious event in the Christian calendar and it is the source of much joy. What are you celebrating this Easter?
The beautiful stars are only gazed upon by those walking in the night/dark. Jesus, the Light of the world, is risen! And the stars have been extinguished by His light. 38 minutes and 47 seconds.
Revelation from God and testimonies. 5 minutes, 50 seconds.
Are you a "sinner"? John 9:31, "We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him." While we all fall short of God's glory, that's not the end of the sentence (Romans 3:23-24). This message is 62 minutes and comes with a handout. When you click on the sermon notes icon your browser will be redirected to display the handout - so you might want to click on the headphones/listen icon first!
If Jesus was not raised, would it really matter? Would it have any impact on your day-to-day life and your relationship with God? Would the Church be affected at all? Having established that the bodily resurrection of Christ is at the center of the gospel, Paul now turns his attention to what appears to be a small faction within the Corinthian church that denies the concept of bodily resurrection altogether. In fact, this mindset pervades our society today as we find many expressions of annihilation or a strictly immaterial existence after death. So, Paul counters this mindset by explaining that if dead people don't rise, then neither did Christ (since He was a person and He died). Furthermore, if Christ did not rise, then the gospel message and faith in Christ are empty. Indeed, the gospel become bad news, because it is not true and it does not save. However, Christ IS risen. Thus, the gospel and faith in Christ are not empty but full of truth, confidence, joy, and hope. So, be filled with the fullness of the risen Christ! Place confidence in God's Word, since the apostles are trustworthy witnesses. Trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and new life in Him. Stand secure in your salvation. Find comfort in victory over death. Finally, hope and rejoice in the Lord, for His promises are true!
Christ has set the stage for his church, his body, to do his work on earth. What would happen if no one showed up?