Summary: Saint Abraham had Resurrection Faith because he believed even when there seemed to be no hope of becoming the father of many nations. His faith in the Lord opened the door for God to raise a dead womb and to birth a new nation in his wife Sarah.
“Saint Abraham” Romans pt 6
(He had resurrection faith!)
Opening Illustration: “What Does Easter mean to you?” Blue Fish TV “Easter” DVD
The young mom was driving her 3-year-old child to church early on Easter morning. As she drove she told the Easter story. “This is the day we celebrate Jesus coming back to life.” From the back seat she heard, “Will He be in church today?” Contributed to sermon central by: Gaither Bailey
Sunday School teacher had just finished telling her third graders about how Jesus was crucified and placed in a tomb with a great stone sealing the opening. Then, wanting to share the excitement of the resurrection, she asked: "And what do you think were Jesus’ first words when He came bursting out of that tomb alive?" A hand shot up into the air from the rear of the classroom. Attached to it was the arm of a little girl. Leaping out of her chair she shouted out excitedly "I know, I know!" "Good" said the teacher, "Tell us, what were Jesus first words." And Extending her arms high into the air she said: "TA-DA!” Contributed to sermon central by: Ken Kersten
Video Illustration: “Resurrection” A clip from Blue Fish TV “Holidays and Occasions - Season 2”
A CHILD-LIKE FAITH:
My daughter was four years old and about to see her first Easter play. Like most little girls at Easter, she was all decked out in her flowered outfit, patent leather shoes, matching purse, white lace gloves, and to top it all off – her beautiful Easter hat.
As the play started, she saw the actors come on stage and screamed with excitement, “THERE’S JESUS!” He was playing with the children on the stage and she wanted to know why she couldn’t go up and play with Jesus too. My response to her was, “Honey, this is only a play. He’s only an actor. This isn’t real.” “Okay,” she said, “but will you pick me up so that Jesus can see my hat?”
During a scene of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, soldiers came barging in yelling and screaming. My daughter became so frightened that she turned her face away, buried it into my chest and began to cry. Again I tried to rationalize with her, “It’s okay, honey. This is only a play. These are only actors. It’s not real.” So she agreed to watch some more.
Then came that dreaded scene. Down the isle of the church came Jesus dragging His cross – people yelling and cursing him. This was too much. She could not bear to watch. I held her tightly and tried to comfort her. “It’s okay, honey. This is only a play. These are only actors. It isn’t real.”
Next, the soldiers grabbed Jesus, threw him against the cross, picked up their hammers and ---SLAM!--- She screamed at the top of her lungs, “NOOOOO! THEY’RE KILLING MY JESUS!” She cried so loud and so long that I had to rush her out of the auditorium. I took her outside where she could finish watching the play on the outside TV screens and told her Jesus was going to come back to life if she would watch. But she would not be consoled until she could see Jesus alive again. At the end of the play, she was determined to go up and see Jesus and have him hold her in his arms to ensure he was alive.
Many people were in that auditorium that day. Like me, they had all gone to see a play – only actors – it wasn’t real. But when we saw the Gospel through the eyes of a child, the Gospel became real once again.
Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Has the Gospel become to you just another story? Has it lost its appeal? Its richness? Its life? Then maybe you need a good dose of child-like faith this Easter.
Contributed to sermon central by: Mark Evans
So today is another Easter Sunday in Amery Wisconsin. Has this day become routine? Does it affect your heart and your belief system? Does this day impact your daily life? Has it changed your life? Is today any different than say any other Sunday? Have you come to church today expecting to meet with your Lord and Savior? Have you come to church today to show off your Easter clothes? Have you come today because it’s traditional to go to church on Easter?
Before I start to preach today and look at our scripture verse for this morning I want to ask you this question “So why did you come to Easter service today?” Did you come to experience the power of the resurrection of Jesus? Do you even believe in the power of the resurrection? Have you come because you have experienced the resurrection power of this special day in the past? Did you know that today is the pinnacle Sunday of Christianity?