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Friday Isn't the End of the Story

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Sermon shared by David Rigg

March 2002
Summary: Here’s an Easter message that uses the true story from 1815 when British troops were sent to fight Napoleon. A battle that seemed to have been lost was actually won. The sermon applies that story to Jesus’ victory over the grave.
Audience: General adults
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dreams had been ruined.
Their hopes were dead.
Their Lord was buried.
And they were hiding out in fear.

But there are other stories in scripture where hopes were gone:
Remember Job?
Sitting in ashes, his body festering with sores!
His heart breaking at the losses of his children & possessions.
But God gave Job 10 more children.
And he gave him twice as much as he had before.

What about Abraham and Sarah?
God promised him a child when Abraham was 75.
A full 25 years passed before the promise was fulfilled.
Don’t you think there were times when both Abraham and Sarah
doubted if it would ever come to pass?
How about Joshua & Caleb?
They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years
They must have worried about ever getting into Canaan land.
But the day came when they entered the land and possessed it.


The disciples were at the point of depression!
But sometimes God brings us to the point of hopelessness…
so that when He works things out,
it becomes obvious that He did it!
Nothing we did caused it to happen!.
Nothing we could have done solved the problem.

Perhaps you are in misery over your marriage,
your job,
your health,
your children or whatever.
This is a time to pray fervently!
To wait patiently!
We ought to do what it says in Psalms 42:5.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
Sometimes we are flabbergasted by life.
But we must never give up hope!
Transition:

The British were flabbergasted, saddened and overwhelmed

by the message "wellington defeated!"

But after awhile the fog lifted

and the signal lights sent out the message:

"W-E-L-L-I-N-G-T-O-N D-E-F-E-A-T-E-D T-H-E E-N-E-M-Y!"

"WELLINGTON DEFEATED THE ENEMY!"

What a different message!

What a different outcome!

Napoleon had met his Waterloo!

Transition:

Likewise, resurrection day brought the completed message:

"J-E-S-U-S D-E-F-E-A-T-E-D T-H-E E-N-E-M-Y!"

"JESUS DEFEATED THE ENEMY!"

What a world of difference!
Point #3
THAT RESURRECTION DAY BROUGHT DELIVERANCE:
Verse 26:
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Like a bright and sunny day after a rainstorm,
the resurrection brought the brightness of hope renewed.
There He stood in their midst and spoke peace to them.

The disciples were slow to believe.
Some refused to believe.
But when they did believe their lives were transformed.
They were delivered from
Gloom and hopelessness.
Grief and misery.
Fear and anxiety.
Loss of purpose and aimless confusion.
The power of Satan and of death had been
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