April 12, 2020
Resurrection Morning Worship Service
Scripture Reading and Opening Prayer
“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.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
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?
He is not here; he has risen!
Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:”
(Luke 24:1–6, NIV84)
Leader: The stone has been rolled away.
Response: The grave clothes are lying in a heap.
Leader: The body is gone.
Response: Mary’s weeping is halted by the man’s questions:
Leader: Why are you crying?
Response: Who is it you are looking for?
Leader: Let us proclaim with Mary:
Response: We have seen the risen Lord!
Leader: Christ is Risen!
Response: Christ is Risen Indeed!
Everyone: Hallelujah! Amen.
God of glory, fill your Church with the power that flows from Christ's resurrection, that in the midst of the sinful world it may signal the beginning of a renewed humanity, risen to new life with Christ. Heavenly Father, our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, may you help us this day to worship you in spirit and in truth, focusing our eyes on the author and perfector of faith, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Read John 20 & 21
“Listen, O heavens, and I will speak; hear,
O earth, the words of my mouth.
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
Oh, praise the greatness of our God!”
(Deuteronomy 32:1–3, NIV84)
As Christians we claim that Jesus is alive! Death could not hold Him!
This claim is grounded in history and even in our relativistic world today it doesn’t negate the fact that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the grave.
1 Corinthians 15:13–17 (NIV84)
13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.
16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
Jesus resurrection is a fact of history, and this is good news for everyone
Jesus the Lamb of God came to die for the sins of all and He rose from the grave.
1) The resurrection of Jesus is a fact of history
1a) The rolled away stone and empty tomb (John 20:1-2, Matthew 28:1-4, 11-15)
Consider Mary Magdalene coming to the tomb early, she wasn’t expecting the resurrection, but when the tomb was found empty, she immediately ran and told the disciples.
The disciples would not have held their convictions under persecution if they were promoting something that they knew was a hoax.
How would you explain to someone that the rolled away stone and empty tomb is evidence to the fact that Jesus rose again?
1b) The wrapped linen (John 20:6-9)
Peter and John both ran to the tomb and observed the grave clothes folded nicely.
Grave robbers would have taken the body, grave clothes and all, and even if they wanted to strip the body, the linen would be all over the tomb.
John 20:9 (NIV84)
9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
1c) The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus (John 20 &21)
Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)
Disciple except for Thomas (John 20:19-23)
Disciple including Thomas (John 20:24-31
Seven of the disciples by the Sea of Galilee (John 21:1-25)
1 Corinthians 15:6–8 (NIV84)
6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
1d) The changed lives of the doubting disciples (John 20:9)
The disciples are not going around saying, “I knew Jesus would rise again from the dead.”
They were fearful, confused, depressed, and doubting.
However, they were all transformed into bold witnesses because they knew Jesus rose bodily from the dead and what that meant.
How has the resurrection of Jesus changed your life?
1e) The unique person of Jesus Christ (John 20:26-29)
There has not been anyone before or after like Jesus.
The Gospel accounts reveal to us who Jesus is, what He taught (the claims He made), and all the prophecies Jesus fulfilled.
John 20:26–29 (NIV84)
26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
27Then 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.”
28Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
*These are five quick points and feel free to unpack further these points.
My friends, we can boldly and unashamedly proclaim, “Christ the Lord has risen!” He has risen indeed and that is good news for everyone.
2) Jesus Christ the King comes to reign, we should rejoice and shout in triumph
In John 20&21 there are various encounters Jesus had with people which resulting in change in their lives.
I encourage you to read John 20 & 21 again and take note of the interaction Jesus has with people.
Their lives before meeting the risen Christ and their lives afterwards.
2a) Those lacking or weak in faith (John 20:9)
The Lord graciously worked in and through the disciples to build their faith.
John’s purpose in writing is that he wants all of us to join with Thomas’ believing in Jesus as “my Lord and my God.”
Notice how Jesus moves Thomas from no faith or weak faith to a strong faith in God.
Jesus doesn’t reject us or casts us off, but rather He takes us through different trials and difficulties to help us grow in faith.
What have been some trials and difficulties the Lord has led you through to strength your faith?
2b) Those who feel aimless or inadequate (John 21:1-14)
The bread and the fish would have reminded the disciples of the feeding of the 5,000.
The lesson here is that when they yielded their insufficient resources to the Lord, they became sufficient in His hands.
God uses inadequate people who give everything they have to God.
Our daily fellowship with the risen Lord is the foundation for serving Him.
How has your daily fellowship been with Jesus during this time? Are you drawing closer or do you feel you’re drifting during this time?
2c) Those who have failed John 21:15-24)
Jesus reminds us in this section that even though we may fail miserably, the Lord still has a ministry for us to fulfill.
Secondly, it is important for us to focus on what God has called us to do and not what God has called others to do.
Jesus loves you enough to die for your sins so that you can spend eternity with Him.
The resurrection of Jesus is good news for all who have failed.
Romans 3:23 (NIV84)
23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 5:8 (NIV84)
8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Because He Lives
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives
Questions for discussion and reflection
*There are questions throughout the sermon notes for you to reflect upon.