easter: HOPE IS HERE!
april 21, 2019
…“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5 NIV)
…“They’ve taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don’t know where they’ve put him!” – John 20:2 CSB
…“but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.” – Luke 24:21 NIV
…“Stop doubting and believe.” – John 20:27 NIV
…“This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms …The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day… you are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:44-48 NIV
What was their hope in?
1 – “Saying I’ve got a chance”
2 – “Just one more”
3 – “Finished. Done. Secure.”
Our hope is only as secure as what we put it in.
What is the Christian belief founded in?
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. -- 1 Cor 15:3-8
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life… – John 20:31 NIV
We are all looking for life.
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
Put your hope in Jesus.
Put your trust in Jesus.
Put your belief in Jesus.
Put your security in Jesus.
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. – John 20:31 NIV
Remember what your hope is in.
Begin to follow Jesus.