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Summary: An Easter Season Sermon using the Hymn, "Were You There?" as a basis.

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He’s Alive! (But Don’t Tell Anyone)

Matthew 27 & 28: 1-10 Key Verses: Matthew 28: 6-7

Hymn Suggestions: “Were You There?,” Traditional Spiritual, Public Domain; “He Arose!,” Robert Lowry,

Public Domain; “My Savior’s Love,” Charles Gabriel, Public Domain; “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” Stuart Townend, ThankYou Music

A Brethren minister was continually bragging to his Baptist minister friends about the greatness of his church. No matter what they said, he always found a way to claim that the Brethren were better.

Eventually his friends got tired of this, and decided to play a prank on the Brethren minister. One day, they dropped a tablet in his coffee - and soon the Brethren nodded off to sleep. Then they took him down to the cemetery, and laid him in a borrowed coffin, next to a freshly dug grave. They hid behind the bushes to see what would happen.

Half an hour later, the Brethren pastor began to awake. Yawning and looking around him, he began to notice the coffin, the tombstones, and the open grave. Then he shouted: "Amen! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! The day of resurrection has come and the Brethren are the first ones out!"

PRAYER

Since we are drawing closer to that wonderful day of April 15th I thought it appropriate to tell you a little tax story:

A local retired accountant tells about a guy who wanted to declare the loss of his Cadillac Escalade SUV on his tax return. His accountant told the man that insurance usually takes care of things like that and wondered what happened.

Here is the story: During the previous winter the owner of the Escalade and a few of his friends decided to go fishing on a nearby lake. The owner also decided at the last minute to take his trust-worthy dog, Boomer, with him as well.

At the time the large body of water was frozen over, so they parked the SUV at the edge of the lake. So, instead of going out on the ice to drill a hole by hand, they lit a stick of dynamite with a long-burning fuse and threw it out hoping to rupture an opening in the ice. Unfortunately, Boomer thought it was a stick and went out after it. Fortunately, Boomer retrieved it in record time and started back. Unfortunately, when they yelled at Boomer to drop it, the dog ran under the Escalade with the stick of dynamite in its mouth. Fortunately, though, the dog got burned on his back by the still hot muffler, came out from under the vehicle, leaving the dynamite behind. Unfortunately, the stick of dynamite went off, transforming the SUV from a useful vehicle into a pile of junk.

That is supposed to be based on a true story. If you can believe all of that, you won’t have any trouble believing the resurrection of Jesus!

This morning I’d like to ask three questions:

1. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

2. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

3. Were you there when He rose up from the grave?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Let’s try to experience the grief if we can. Let’s attempt to imagine the sorrow of His loved ones as they gazed at His battered body exposed on the cross?


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