Easter: Resurrection Sunday

Apr 17, 17 Easter: Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday16.04.17
“He never wrote a book. Yet more books have been written about Him than about any other individual in all of history.

He never wrote a song. But more songs have been composed and sung about Him than about anyone else in the world. 

He never traveled more than 300 miles from His home. Yet you can find only a few places in the entire world where people have not heard His name. ” -Tony Evans 
_The story of the resurrection_
The Roman soldiers nailed Jesus at 9am and at 3pm Jesus died. Disciples asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus’ body and lay it in a tomb. But Jesus needed no tomb. He rose from the dead and lives forevermore.
The soldiers reported to the leaders that Jesus’ body had gone missing, but the leaders bribed the soldiers to silence the news of Jesus’ resurrection. (Matthew 28:12-15)
 
_”I am coming back”_
Simon Peter went into the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. The handkerchief that had been around Jesus’ head was not lying with the cloths but folded together in a place by itself. (John 20:6-7)
We can interpret this by understanding Ancient Hebrew tradition – When a servant sets a dinner table for his master, he packs the napkin next to the master’s plate. If the master leaves the napkin there, he is done with his meal but if he folds the napkin, the servant would not dare to touch the table because the folded napkin means “I am coming back”

_Knowing the resurrected Christ_
Paul names James and Peter as the other two who saw Jesus (1 Cor 15:3-8). This is significant because 

– Peter had denied Jesus thrice 

– James was not a follower 

– Paul had persecuted the church 
Their experiences of the risen Christ changed the course of their lives. The three became powerful preachers and were martyred for the gospel.
Knowing the resurrected Jesus changes temperaments and personalities.

Knowing the resurrected Jesus dispels doubt.
“Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” -John 20:28
We are blessed with the gift of faith. 

When you experience doubt, take encouragement from Thomas. Move on from doubt to faith and belief. 
No matter where you are on the road of faith, let the risen Christ walk with you today, tomorrow and forever. 

Because He lives, we will live also.

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