Summary: Resurrection Sunday! Jesus is Alive!! Hallelujah! This sermon looks back at the resurrection and the responses of the disciples the first time Jesus appeared to them. Thomas was the one disciple that didn't see Jesus originally and doubted the others seen
A tax accountant told our son about a guy who wanted to declare the loss of his Lincoln Navigator SUV on his tax return. The accountant told the man that insurance usually takes care of things like that and wondered what happened.
Here is the story. In the winter some guys decided to go fishing on the lake. It was frozen, so they parked the SUV at the edge of the lake and instead of going out on the ice to make a hole, they lit a stick of dynamite with a long-burning fuse and threw it out to break the ice open.
• Unfortunately, the dog thought it was a stick and went out after it.
• Fortunately, the dog retrieved it in record time and started back.
• Unfortunately, when they yelled at the dog to drop it, the dog ran under the SUV with the stick of dynamite in its mouth.
• Fortunately, the dog got burned on the muffler, came out from under the vehicle, leaving the dynamite behind.
• Unfortunately, the dynamite went off, transforming the SUV from a useful vehicle into a pile of junk.
That is supposed to be a true story. If you can believe all of that, you won’t have any trouble believing the resurrection of Jesus!
One lady wrote in to a question and answer forum. "Dear Sirs, Our preacher said on Easter, that Jesus just swooned on the cross and that the disciples nursed Him back to health. What do you think? Sincerely, Bewildered."
"Dear Bewildered, Beat your preacher with a cat-of-nine-tails with 39 heavy strokes, nail him to a cross; hang him in the sun for 6 hours; run a spear thru his side...put him in an airless tomb for 36 hours and see what happens. Sincerely, Charles."
My friends, He is risen!
How did you feel when you woke up this morning? Seen the sun outside shining bright, feeling well rested, glad to be alive? Today is the day we can thank Jesus for that!
So what is the big deal to this day? Jesus died on the cross, a gruesome cross unbearable for many to even watch who were there. So why is today a day to celebrate? What does this “resurrection” mean?
All four gospels give a recollection of Jesus’ journey from the cross. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were all close enough to Jesus that much of what they wrote about what they witnessed was similar. John though was the one disciple that refused to leave where Jesus was. Throughout the crucifixion, John stayed present at the foot of the cross. When Sunday came, John was still present and when Mary Magdalene came looking for him, she found him.
*Read John 20:1-18*
Many of us would feel this day similar to Mary; hanging on to the grieving of her beloved Jesus. What we remember to this day more often than not is the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
The resurrection was the moment of clarification to all of Jesus’ teachings of what was to come. With this being the importance of His teachings, He told Mary to go and tell the others of His ascension!
Today we are still meant to tell others about Jesus and the meaning of this day! Jesus still reveals Himself in our lives still today just like He intended to reveal Himself to His disciples.
But Pastor, what do you mean “INTENDED”? Didn’t Jesus reveal Himself to them?
Well, He did…but some of them didn’t even recognize or believe it was Jesus!
*Read Luke 24:13-35* The Road to Emmaus
This day is much like the conversation Jesus had with the men of the road to Emmaus.
The story is the same. The ending is forever. But our ears are still clogged with sin.
We hear about Jesus, We read about Jesus, We even talk to Jesus in prayer…but we still don’t SEE Him right next to us!
What’s even worse? Some even go farther and DOUBT the reality of Jesus’ actions for us! We doubt He really did it for us!
Luke 24:38:43, “And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them.”
*Read John 20:19-29* Thomas & Jesus
What did a picture of DOUBT look like?