Easter Sunday 2015
Jesus Christ has risen from the dead!
Let us be glad, rejoice, and sing,
For this day marks the triumph of our King!
Today’s “sermon” tells the Easter story in the words of Scripture. Verses from the Gospels and other texts are woven together in a way that narrates Jesus’ resurrection as it happened. I pray that the simple wonder of the story moves your heart and encourages your faith in Jesus the Messiah.
Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of this Gospel story:
- Don’t try to follow along in your Bible. The narrative will be jumping around from Gospel to Gospel. Instead, sit back and listen. This is what the early Christians did, since many could not read, and none of them had a Bible as we know it today.
- While you are listening, take note of repeated phrases. These are clues to what God is saying.
- As people in the story respond to what God is doing, ask yourself, “In what ways am I like them? In what ways am I different?”
- Pay special attention to two themes. The first is God’s faithfulness. God is the Great Promise-Keeper. He always does what he says he will do. The Easter story reminds us of this in order to encourage faith in God and his many promises, chief among them that God gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Allow God’s faithfulness to work faith in Christ as your Great Promise–Keeper.
- A second theme is God’s making all things new. By raising Jesus from the dead, God reverses the order of things on the grandest scale. First of all, he overcomes the penalty of sin as well as its power in the life of the believer. But there’s more! Because of the resurrection, we can look through the empty tomb to a world to come, one in which God will do away with the very presence of sin. Oh, what a glorious day! In Jesus, God reverses the penalty, power, and presence of sin and offers the peace, power, and presence of his Son. Place your trust in him and be part of his re-creating work!
May God bless his Word this morning. May he accomplish remarkable things in your life and mine. And may this happen to the glory of the Risen Christ.