Summary: Resurrection Sunday Message from NewSong 2008

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“Holy Week: Life After Death”

Resurrection Sunday

NewSong Church – 03/23/08

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:: Life after Death ::

Luke 23:48-56

“And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow. But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

As Jesus’ body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.”

Loss & Loneliness

• 5 Stages of Grief

• Denial

• Anger

• Bargaining

• Depression

• Acceptance

We can assume that to some degree, the disciples were experiencing some of these emotions.

They had just lost their friend, their teacher, the one they thought was the Messiah

We Had Hoped He Was the Messiah

Luke 24:19-21 “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel.”

When Hope is Gone

• Without hope, our lives become filled with confusion

• We wander without purpose, without direction

• We look for something to latch onto, to find foundation for our lives

We thought that we had found that hope in Jesus, but now we’re not so sure.

There are times when it seems that he is gone.

When we are alone.

And we ask ourselves -what do we do now?

:: The Resurrection ::

Luke 24:1-12 - “But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.”

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