The Power Of The Resurrection (John 19:41-20:18)Simon Schrock, April 5, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The fact of the resurrection is central to the Christian faith! It gives hope to the Christian and offers victory over sin and death!
For everything that is meaningful to the Christian, Satan has his counterfeit or “distraction” as seen in our culture’s focus on the Easter bunny, colored eggs, and new clothes.
Simon read from John 19:41-20:18. The events of the crucifixion devastated the followers of Jesus! We can see “the whole picture” as we look back on this story, but Christ’s disciples couldn’t. The cross seemed like “the end” to them.
The cross is often used as a symbol of the Christian faith. Simon suggested that the empty tomb might be a better symbol. The resurrection is the part of the salvation story that makes it “The Good News.” How did Jesus get out of the tomb? There are at least ten Scripture verses that say, “God raised Him up.” In the account of Matthew, it says that the angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and rolled away the stone. With the stone rolled away, people could see that the tomb was empty!
The preaching of the resurrection is what got the disciples in trouble with the authorities. They were witnesses of the resurrection and that fact, plus the infilling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, made that they lived their Christian lives in the power of the resurrection. We, too, should remember that this same power that raised up Jesus from the dead will give us life and victory over sin and death.
How am I affected by the resurrection? For one thing, I realize I am what I am by the grace of God! He has washed me, He has justified me, He has sanctified me or set me apart for His purpose and glory! He has given me the power to live and walk in the Spirit. I have a free conscience, and have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. I am not afraid to die. I know that this life is not “all there is,” but that there is an eternity ahead! I am keeping my focus on what is eternal, (Colossians 3:1) because I want to be ready for that final resurrection when we will experience the power of the resurrection in a new way with new bodies, dwelling with our risen Savior forever! I praise God for this hope!