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I Am the Resurrection and the Life

Just over a year ago, Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others had their lives cut short when their helicopter crashed in LA. Last month, we passed 500,000 lives lost due to the COVID pandemic. And in the last 45 days, 22 people have been killed in mass shootings in ATL, CO, and CA. These are the deaths that make the headlines. But we’ve all felt the sting of death personally.

In John 11, Jesus stands face to face with death. And in this scene, as we watch Him relate to the people in it, hear His words, and see His work, we come away knowing that Jesus is not just the escape from death. He is the way to life everlasting.

Scripture: John 11:1-53; Ecclesiastes 7:2; Romans 8:35-39

The Gift of Hope

Because GOD is faithful, we have Hope!

Scripture: Psalm 16; Judges 17:6, 21:25; Genesis 25:29-34; Exodus 29:40-41; Leviticus 23:13; Numbers 15:5-7; Philippians 2:17; 2 Timothy 4:6; Psalms 1:1; Proverbs 1:5, 8:14; Acts 13:34-37; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Isaiah 49:8; Acts 2:25-36; 1 Corinthians 15:20-34; Romans 8:38-39

The Resurrection of Jesus

2020 could be the year remembered as “the year without Easter.” But even with social distancing, daily presidential briefings, death tolls, and tens of millions applying for unemployment, Easter has come. This may not be the Easter we had planned, but the resurrection power of Jesus cannot be stopped.

The Good News that Christ is risen from the dead is a challenging word for our minds. But if we try to say, “It’s just impossible,” we have to account for certain things that we know are true. Beyond that, the resurrection of Jesus is a gracious word for our hearts, showing us that salvation doesn’t depend on the strength of your morality, but the admission of our own weakness and need. Finally, the resurrection is a missional word for our lives, because the resurrection sets us free from this world, and for this world.

Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

Extreme Makeover

How can we know if the resurrection happened? That is a crucial question, isn’t it! If the resurrection isn’t real, it means that Jesus isn’t who He said He is, the Son of God. Also, if the resurrection didn’t happen, then we have no hope of the forgiveness of our sin or having eternal life.

A lot depends on the resurrection, doesn’t it! Is there a way to confirm that it happened and that Jesus is alive? The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Let’s look at the hard evidence that proves to us that we have a risen Savior.

Scripture: John 20:1–9 (ESV); Acts 2:14 (ESV); Acts 2:41–42 (ESV)

Passion Week

Passion Week concluded in the resurrection, the most critical event in history. However, we must not overlook the events leading up to His crucifixion. These are crucially significant days that help us to understand the life of Christ. Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem with great fanfare on Sunday of Passion Week. Through that week, He taught some of His most important truths. On Thursday, Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples and gave His church the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. From there, He led the disciples to the Mt. of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane where He prayed. When this agonizing prayer finished, He was betrayed by Judas and taken off to six trials, ending in the sentence of crucifixion.

While the crucifixion and resurrection make up the core of our faith, nevertheless, the drama leading up to the crucifixion reveals much about Jesus and the Christian life.

Scripture: Matthew 21 and 26

The Nature of Our Resurrection

Is heaven a real place? Or is it merely symbolic? Wayne Grudem writes, “Stephen did not see mere symbols… It was rather that his eyes were opened to see a spiritual dimension of reality which God has hidden from us in this present age, a dimension which nonetheless really does exist in our space/time universe, and within which Jesus now lives in his physical resurrected body, waiting even now for a time when he will return to earth.”

Scripture: Revelation 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:42-49

Whose Neighbor Are You (and why it matters)?

To love God is to love our neighbor. But who is our neighbor? Is Jesus referring to the person who lives next to us or is there something more going on here?

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

Jesus: The Hero of the Scriptures

The resurrection of Jesus is an event that should give people perspective; perspective about what really matters in life; perspective about details that eternally matter.

Scripture: Luke 24:13-35

He’s Not Here! A Theology of Remembrance

Harvard Professor Ernest Wright said this: in biblical faith everything depends upon whether the central events actually occurred or not.

In Luke 24:1-12 we see one of the central truths of the message of Christianity: the empty tomb!

Scripture: Luke 24:1-12