April 23, 2019

 

What's The Big Deal?
Stephen Heleman

The Power of the Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:14
14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

Paul wrote this to the church over two thousand years ago to help them understand the impact that Jesus's resurrection had on their lives, yet it is still relevant to us today. Let's take a closer look at the last sign in our series, and the most significant miracle of them all.

Read John 20:1-8 here.

In verses 1-2, we see Mary Magdalene going to Jesus's tomb. When she arrived and found the stone removed, she thought that the people who hated Jesus might have stolen his body. She was distressed and ran to tell the disciples. In verses 3-8, we follow as Peter and John ran to the tomb and discovered the empty tomb with the grave cloths discarded. Unlike the other cloths, the face cloth was neatly folded; if someone had stolen Jesus's body, why would they take the time to fold the face cloth? At this point, it must have clicked for all those at the tomb - Jesus had told them He would die and then return. Suddenly, it made sense. Jesus was alive!


The resurrection, more than any other sign, shows us that Jesus is God. He is who He says He is, and He can do what He says He can do. If you are going to believe someone, believe the One who died and beat death!

Jesus Lives, So We Can...

  • Trust Him - We can trust Jesus with our life now and for eternity. 
  • Enjoy life - I'm not saying life with Jesus is easy, but the best things are rarely easy. Look for hard things that lead to joy, such as forgiveness, serving, love, and honesty.
  • Help others - Jesus gave us a gift we don’t deserve. How can we help others find the same life Jesus gave us?

The resurrection is more than a story, it is why we have life. Jesus lives, so live for Jesus.

Guided Scripture Reading

Join us this week as we read John, chapters 19-21.
As you read, think on the words of Paul to Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

Use the following questions to help you consider how you can apply today's reading to your life.

  • What is God teaching me in today's reading? What is good?
  • What is God reproofing (warning) in today's reading? What is not good?
  • Based upon these, what beliefs or behaviors must I correct?
  • What training will I do this week in obedience to this correction? What does God want me to do differently?

 

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