Easter Sunday 2019
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Luke 24:1–24:8, Luke 24:9–24:12, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Mark 9:23–9:24, John 20:27–20:29
Eight days that changed the world. One story that can change your life.
Luke 24:1-8 NIV
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
Luke 24:9-12 NIV
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
Responding to the Good News (1st of 3 options)
1. DISMISS IT AS NONSENSE
Dead people don’t come back to life, right? Yet Easter is the invitation to believe in the miraculous and the supernatural. Like the Apostles at first, you too may dismiss the reality of the resurrection as nonsense. Yet you need to know that God (in His infinite wisdom and His undying love for you) knew there was no other way for death to be defeated, for sins to be forgiven, and for His own righteous justice to be satisfied.
1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Responding to the Good News (2nd of 3 options)
2. QUESTION IT AS POSSIBLE
Peter, after first dismissing the good news as nonsense, cracked the door to "maybe" when his curiosity drove him to find out more. Like the story of a desperate father who sought Jesus to heal his son, God isn't looking for perfect faith, but simply authentic faith (“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”).
Here at Hopevale, we want give you the space, safety, and respect you need to wrestle through all your questions, doubts, fears, and hurts. We also want to give you resources, opportunities, conversations, and connections with other people here who have walked a similar journey as yours. Ask your questions. We can help you sort it out, because in the end, the Good News of Jesus is worth sorting out.
Mark 9:23-24 NIV
23 “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Responding to the Good News (3rd of 3 options)
3. EMBRACE IT AS YOURS
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” The blessings of God’s forgiveness, freedom, fulfillment, and forever future can be yours this Easter when you tell Jesus in prayer: “Jesus, I am a sinner in need of a Savior and I cannot save myself. So Jesus I want You and I need You to be my Savior.”
For those of you here who do know Jesus personally as your Savior, may God fan the flames of your faith, hope, and love in Jesus this Easter so that this one story of these eight days would be just as fresh and alive in you as when you first believed.
John 20:27-29 NIV
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
8 Days. 1 Story. Daily Devotionals
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1. Do you ever skip ahead to the end of a book or a film to find out what happens? How does it make you feel? How does knowing the ending influence the story?
2. Pastor Paul suggested “(making) time to slow down and consider the journey Jesus took (for us)”. What are some ways you can do this not only during Easter week, but other weeks throughout the year?
3. Reading over the 8 days, 1 story journey through Holy Week and Easter, which message, picture or video came alive for you? Share how you were you impacted by it. If you didn’t get a chance to read them, take a few moments now at www.hopevale.org/blog.
4. Read 1 Peter 1:3-9. What has God done for us according to His abundant mercy? What does Christ’s resurrection have to do with this? To what extent should we as Christians share Peter’s excitement and joy as he describes it in this passage?
5. How does knowing the ending of Jesus’ earthly life and His resurrection story impact you? What hope do you have today and for your future as a result of His ultimate sacrifice on the cross?