Here is the message from Easter Sunday at Discovery Church Prescott.
STAY AWAKE – EASTER IS A VERB
A common greeting. – HE IS RISEN ………….HE IS RISEN INDEED!
24 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”
8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
Ways we approach Easter
1. Ignore it 2. Sleep through it. 3. Dress it up. (Religious approach)
4. Analyze it. (Scientific approach) 5. Experience it.
1. HAVE WE LOST A SENSE OF WONDER, CURIOSITY AND AWE IN OUR CULTURE?. – (Awe? Awe Ha! Woe!)
(Photo of high school student sleeping in the canyon – Baby with their feet pic)
“Peter MARVELED to himself”
THERE IS SOMETHING WONDERFUL ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS MORE POWERFUL THAN DEATH.
they were greatly perplexed about this
2. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE AND DIE?
Two views the death brings to life – Urgency or fear.
When a ball leaves my hand ……………….The trajectory does not stop after it leaves my control .
3. HOW MUCH DOES A SOUL WEIGH?
4. WE EXPECT GOD TO RISE FROM THE DEAD BUT WHAT ABOUT US?
“A certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany …when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days… Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”…Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” – John 11
ARE WE LESS RESPONSIVE TO THE VOICE OF GOD THAN A DEAD MAN?
5. THE BEST PROOF OF LIFE AFTER DEATH – IS LIFE BEFORE DEATH.
Vs. 5 “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen!
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10