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Friday Isn't the End of the Story

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Sermon shared by David Rigg

March 2002
Summary: Hereís 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 Jesusí victory over the grave.
Audience: General adults
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 defeated.
Hebrews 2:14-15 says:
"[14]Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
[15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
When Jesus died, it was gloom for His followers.

But that was Friday, and Sunday was coming!"

Today we can say, "T.G.I.N.F!"

Thank God, itís not Friday!

Itís the Lordís day.

Sunday has come!

Itís resurrection day!


Death is defeated!

The tomb is empty!

Jesus is alive!

And we can face the future because He lives.



Let inflation blow prices out of proportion.

Let wars disturb the peace.

Let anti-Christian forces fight to take away our ways.

Let the enemies of God think theyíve got him backed into a corner!


Jesus lives!

And we can face whatever comes.

Thank God itís not Friday!


Have you received the hope of the risen Jesus?

Is He your Lord and Savior?

Are you living daily in His presence and power?


Has He given you the assurance of sin forgiven

and life everlasting?
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