Summary: A sermon for Easter.

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John 20:1-18

“The Key to Everything”

By: Ken Sauer, Pastor of East Ridge United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, TN

Is there any hope?

This is a question that many of us face at some point in our lives.

Is there any hope...for the married couple who seem to wind up at the same dead-end of unresolved conflict

again and again?

Or how about the person who has fallen victim to alcohol, drugs, or gambling or any of a number of

addictive behaviors?

The person who is in so deep that he or she fears they’ll never find a way out?

Is there any hope for them?

Where is the hope for the mom-to-be who goes to her obstetrician for a routine checkup and hears the

words, “I’m sorry. We can’t find a heartbeat?”

Or for a single mom who works a full-time job by day, serves as both mother and father by night and

wonders to herself-- “How long can I keep this up?”

Or the person who battles depression and anxiety?

Or the person who stands by their spouse’s bedside as they lay dying?

And where is the hope for a generation of young people who seem to be an easy mark for drugs, STD’s,

abuse, or the pain of a broken family?

The question is...Where is hope?

What is its source?

What reason is there to hope?

The dominant theme of the Christian faith is that there is hope.

And it’s not a hope based on some nebulous optimism that in the end everything will turn out alright.

It is a hope which is based on faith and love.

The faith that the God of Creation cares about you and me…

…so much so that every hair on our head is counted!

And that not one sparrow falls to the ground without our heavenly Father knowing about it.

And that, in the Father’s eyes, we are worth much more than sparrows.

Our hope is in the love that never fails.

The love that pursues us long before we are even aware that we are loved or lovable.

It’s the love that comes looking for us when we are at the bottom of the ditch.

It’s the love which weeps for us and with us as we struggle in our brokenness and sins.

It’s the love that goes to the Cross in order to show us how great that love is, how important we are, and how powerful is the hope which can conquer even death itself!!!

The hope we have is found in an empty tomb, a Risen Savior and a God Who calls us into God’s life, God’s Kingdom, and to God’s side without us even having to buy a ticket!!!

The hope we have is found in a God Who has purchased us with God’s blood!

The hope we have is in a God Who seeks out the hopeless, and transforms!

Some 2,000 years ago, early on a Sunday morning, “while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene”—one of the world’s hopeless outcastes—“went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed.”

And at that moment, this was just another twist of the knife for Mary.

I mean, how bad could it get?

This is just chaos upon chaos.

What kind of a cruel trick is this?

Someone has taken Jesus’ dead body?

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Andrew Moffatt

commented on Apr 22, 2011

Nice mate, nice!

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