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Summary: Many have become so obsessed with facts that we have missed the impact of the resurrection on their lives. The Resurrection is not that complicated it is a straight forward truth. Christ died and was risen from the dead.

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four readings prior to the Message. The readings assigned for today are: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133:1-5; 1 John 1:1-2:2 and John 20:19-31

Early on the morning of December 7, 1941, ......two airmen ... who had just taken their post at a radar lookout station several miles north of Pearl Harbor, ...... saw on the radar screen ......a large mass moving in from the sea toward the Hawaiian Islands.

The first airman was immediately startled by what he saw on the screen...... and prepared to follow procedures .... and phone in a warning to his superiors.

He believed a very large force of what could be enemy planes .... was now headed their way.

He believed the evidence on the radar screen .... was unmistakable.

And that something bad ... was about to happen.

While the second airman remained skeptical, believing that what He saw ... was an optical illusion of some kind.

Well .... the first airman did as instructed ... and phoned in the alarm.

The officer who took the call at Pearl Harbor .... dismissed the report ......and chose not to believe what he had just heard, ......and abruptly hung up the phone ....and went back to business.

That same morning, .... a Captain patrolling the waters outside the harbor .... spotted what he believed to be ......an enemy submarine.

He had been alerted for some time .... about the possibility of enemy vessels .... breaching the harbor security, ...... and he too followed established procedures .... and wired in a warning ...... that the enemy had been sighted.

Again, .... the message was disbelieved, ......this time by a base Commander, .... suggesting that the submarine sighting ......needed "more confirmation" .... before any defensive action ... would be taken.

At this point we can say, .... the rest ... is history.

Many lives were unnecessarily lost, ......all because several people either refused to believe what they saw, ...... just could not believe what they heard, ....... or were not about to be moved into action until more evidence ... was forthcoming.

The 20th chapter of John's Gospel.... describes the very same responses ...... to the resurrection evidence.

There was one who believed ... without seeing.

There was one who believed ... upon hearing.

There were those who believed ... upon seeing.

And There was one ... who would not believe ... unless touching and seeing.

In the opening lines of John's remembrances.... we read:

BIBLE "Early on the first day of the week, .... while it was still dark.... two women found the tomb that Jesus had been buried in, empty, .... and ran to tell Peter and John what they had found." END (John 20:1-2)

Peter ran to the sight and is stunned by what he sees, ...... an empty tomb with strips of linen and a burial cloth lying where Jesus had been placed.

Finally, we are told ... that the other disciple, probably the Apostle John himself, "also went inside. He saw and believed." (John 20:8)

The empty tomb and linen cloths were enough for John .... to declare his belief ... in the risen Christ.


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Gordon A Ward Jr

commented on Apr 11, 2015

Very well put....left a lot of room for others experiences to use and brought the message out, which I would close with a little more intensity....great sermon I can't wait to share.!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Apr 11, 2015

Thank-you for your kind words and your thoughts. May God bless your ministry. Your brother in the faith. Jeff

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