Community Bible Chapel
Monday, September 16, 2019
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 4/5/15  Hope In The Gift
 

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Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the empty tomb.

And I’m not going to spend any time trying to convince you of the fact of

the resurrection. 

-Even these two young girls know it, so it’s not complex.

          -The Bible proves that.

          -You can read about a million books on the topic.

          -And you should, there is nothing more important than researching the resurrection

 and having an informed opinion rather than an emotional one.

                   -Our faith and eternal life are all hinged on it.

          -What I am going to spend some time with is this:

Since the resurrection is true, how is my life different today?

          -For these girls, it means they get to wear pretty dresses and go to church.

                   -But the resurrection has many more profound ways that it changes life.

Because the Resurrection is true:

God’s Word is True

   X Acts 2 gives us the account of the first day of the church          

 and Peter is giving the sermon.

          -In his sermon, Peter quotes Psalm 16 and the words of King David

“Because you will not abandon me to the grave,

nor will you let your Holy One see decay.”

-David was not talking about himself, but was talking prophetically about Jesus,

          as Peter speaks to in verse 31

“Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,

     that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.”

          -What he is saying is staggering.

                    -And this is only one quick example of many I could choose from.

                             that speak of the resurrection.

-And since the resurrection is true, the Bible is true.

          -We have to take that a step further this morning and ask:

if the Bible is true then how should we treat it?

          -Since it’s true – I want to read it so that I might live in truth rather than in error.

-None of us wants to live our lives for the wrong thing.

          -That would be a waste of not only our time, but our entire lives.

      II Cor 5:15
          “those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who

for their sake died and was raised.”

-Since God’s Word is true – it gives me a reason to live that is beyond me,

          and makes me part of something infinitely larger.

-Some might wonder why the Bible such a large book – can’t I get the abridged

 version?

-It’s a big book because it reveals an infinite God.

                   -It reveals His purpose and plan for each one of us in the context

of His transcendent glory and grace.

I don’t know about you, but that is reason to get out of bed in the morning.

          -To know that God has given us the way to Him, but also how to live a life

that means something beyond myself.

          -So, all the important questions of life are all answered in God’s Word.

                   -It might not tell me who to marry or what job to take,

                   but it does tell me what kind of person to marry (not to mention what

kind of person to be) and how to work in whatever job God has provided

in a way that brings glory to Him.

          -God’s Word reveals what is important in life,

                             -what to focus my energy on,

                             -how to treat others,

                             -what the purpose of life is all about,

-it tells me all about who I am and how to worship God.

          -And more than any of that, the more I read it and consider it and apply it,

the more I fall in love with the main character in it.

-Jesus, who died for me that I might live for Him.

 

The resurrection means

X Jesus was God

There is one testimony after another of the deity of Christ.

          -Mark 5:6  -   we have a demon who calls Jesus

                   “Son of the Most High God”

          -Peter called Him “the Christ, the Son of the living God”
          -Nathaniel said “you are the Son of God”
          -Matthew said He was “God with us”
          -Mark called him “Jesus Christ, the Son of God”
          -Luke confirmed “He is the Son of God”

          -John the Baptist in John 1:34 testified to the priests that Jesus was God’s Son.

          -Mary gives testimony to Jesus.

                   “Yes Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,

who has come into the world.”

          -The Roman soldier at the crucifixion said “truly He was the Son of God.”

-Thomas cried to Him “my LORD and my God.”

          -I love the end of the book of John where he says:

                   “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down.

  We know that his testimony is true.”

          -And the disciples all died horrible deaths for what they knew to be true.

-And if that is not enough, the most important testimony is from God himself.

            -Romans 1:2-4 shows the Father’s testimony of Christ

“The gospel He promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead . . .

               -And that power seen in the resurrection has been actively changing people for

generations – right down to this morning.

-These generations of believers all testify to the power of the resurrection

in their lives.

-Although I may look like I’m old enough to have seen the resurrection,

          I know the resurrection power of Jesus Christ in my own life.

          -I was blind, but now I see.

          -I was dead in sin, but now alive in Christ.

          -I am changed because of God’s power.

          -The fact of the resurrection proved that Jesus was God.

                   -And if Jesus is God, then we are not.

                   -And His resurrection power works in us so we might live for Him.

 

The resurrection means

X Salvation is paid for.

-In the OT when the priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year

to offer sacrifice, the people waited impatiently for him to come out. 

-And don’t get fooled into thinking they were all

 concerned about his health.

-They couldn’t wait to see if the sacrifice was accepted

and their sin forgiven.

                             -The guilt of sin is heavy and was lifted in the acceptance

of the sacrifice.

          -Ultimately the people of the OT were looking for God to send the Messiah,

                   who would be that final sacrifice.

-When Christ said “it is finished” he was saying that the sacrifice for sin

has been made.

                   -There was nothing left to be done.

                   -And the resurrection was like the Priest coming out of the temple,

the sacrifice was sufficient and accepted by God.

-There is nothing more we can do to earn or add to our salvation.

          -When our faith is in Christ, His sacrifice satisfied the penalty for sin.

          -And the result is that there is no condemnation in Christ . . .

-Shame and guilt are gone and we are free in Christ..

 

The resurrection means

X The church would be built.
          Jesus said in Matt 16:18 says “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades
will not overcome it.”

          -The gates of Hades is a Jewish expression meaning death.

          -This is saying that God is going to build His church and death won’t stop it.

                   -Certainly death did not stop it as he defeated death in the resurrection.

 -Ephesians 1:22 says

“And God places all things under his feet, and appointed him to be head, over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” 

          -The resurrection was the beginning of the church.

-This small band of disciples who were scattered and scared

suddenly empowered to preach Christ.

                   -and God added to them, many who would believe over all generations.

-These Christians started coming together on Sunday to celebrate

the resurrection of Christ.

          -The church has grown steadily through 2000 years on every continent

and in every land and language.

          -The power of the risen Christ has unified God’s church over millennia, and it

will continue until He comes again to take us home.

 

The question we might want to consider today is this:

          -Are you part of God’s church?
          -In God’s economy, the church is it!

                   -And I know that some will say, PJ the church is filled with hypocrites

and sinful people.

                   -And I would agree, but so is your home but you don’t leave that.

                             -So is your work place, but you don’t leave that.
                             -So is your school, but you don’t leave that.

                   -And I want to love you enough this morning to say, so is your own heart.

-We already know the church is not perfect . . . . it’s filled with people!

                             -But they are God’s people, whom He loves and died for.  

                   -It’s my hope that the church is authentic and real place where

                             -There are no perfect people.

-Where we humbly admit our sin and seek forgiveness.

-But also a place where we love each other enough to come along side

 each other and help one another grow in Christ-likeness.

                   -That’s what the church is and we are not there yet,

but we are growing together to follow Christ.

         

          -The church is the amazing and dynamic living body of Christ that people can’t get

 by meeting Jesus the woods.

-Don’t get me wrong, I love being by myself with Jesus,

but that is not the church.

                   -Because the church includes people from every walk of life and nationality,

                             and brings them together under one head - Christ.

          -We can complain about the church, but there is nothing else that compares with it.

          -Get involved in God’s church,

that is where He works to grow you and to influence the world through you.

         

The resurrection means

X There is tremendous hope.

     I will end here, but it’s really just the beginning.

          -HOPE!!

          -And when the Bible talks of hope, it’s not

“I hope things will work out”, or  “I hope it doesn’t rain today”. 

-Biblical hope is rested in the God who is faithful and all powerful

Our hope is a sure thing.

                   -We know God will bring it about, we just don’t know when!

          -Today we celebrate the resurrection hope of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

                   -Because Jesus is risen – I have hope for a better tomorrow.

                   -Because Jesus is risen – I have hope that the destructiveness caused

by my sin is not permanent.

-Because Jesus is risen – I have hope that God will change me.

                   -Because Jesus is risen – I have hope that our broken relationships

can be restored.

                   -Because Jesus is risen – I have hope that God will make all things right.                          -Because Jesus is risen – I don’t have to fear.

                   -Because Jesus is risen – I look forward to all eternity 

with my Lord and my God.
         

          These are some of the things that are true because the resurrection is true.

          -I pray that we might live as people of the resurrection.

                   -That Easter is not just a vacation, but a wonderful reminder of the power

of God that brought Jesus back from the dead and also works

 in our lives today.

 
 

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