Easter - Experience It!
Sermon shared by Brian Black
Summary: An Easter sermon challenging people to not just acknowledge and celebrate Easter, but to experience the life changing power of the resurrection.
Audience: General adults
Where else can we find purpose and meaning than in living for something / someone greater than ourselves? Where else can I find eternity other than in Christ, the one who defeated death and rose from the grave?
The Message says it like this:
“He included everyone in His death so everyone could be included in His life. A far better life than people lived on their own.” 2 Cor. 5:15 (Msg)
What is this better life Jesus offers? It’s more than what we classify as the Good Life. Good home, family, job, health.
God brought you here today to give you more than the Good Life. There is something better. There’s way, way more than just the Good Life. Good Life is okay, but there’s more. You were made for more than that . . . you were made for a better life. That’s a life of purpose and meaning. A life that is no longer enslaved to sin and death. No longer enslaved to the hurts and habits that bring about death. That’s the kind of life Christ died and rose again to give you. He rose again to empower you to live. And we really live when we find our life in Him.
But we all know that we can’t experience life without hope. Without hope we lose our will to live. Without hope we lose purpose and meaning. Without hope we lose our enthusiasm, our joy, our peace.
But the good news is that the resurrection of Christ gives us a fresh hope.
"And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus."
Someone said, “We can live several weeks without food, days without water, and only minutes without oxygen, but without hope – forget it.”
We need hope to live. Do you know what it feels like to feel hopeless? (Ballgame / lost keys / marriage / terminal illness) It’s a dull, throbbing ache in your gut. It’s a heavy, sinking feeling on your shoulders. It’s overwhelming and depressing. This is where most who commit suicide find themselves. They see no way out, no other option, no hope.
This is one of the reasons that we’ve been raising money to build wells in Rwanda – to offer hope.
“Because Jesus was raised from the dead we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven – and the future starts now.” 1 Pet. 1:3-4 (Msg)
Truth > You will never find hope living for yourself. You weren’t made to live for yourself. In fact, the more selfish and more self-centered you are – the more miserable you are. You not made to live for you. You were made to live for God.
Hope is found in things that last. When you’ve been working hard and your stomach is growling and your insides are longing for something real, something substantial – do you hope for cotton candy or do you hope for a steak and potato? You want something that will fill you up / fulfill your hunger. Likewise, we need something real to fulfill us. Material things don’t/won’t last . . . but eternal things do.
Remember what we read earlier – "Jesus died so we would no longer live for ourselves but for Him who died
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